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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 2 of Lakers-Jazz series

May 4, 2010 | 11:52 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan has medical updates on Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant.

--The Times' Mark Heisler compares this year's Lakers team to last year's Lakers team.

--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that assistant coach Frank Hamblen believes Game 2 might be a trap game.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman details how the Lakers plan to sharpen up in the fourth quarter.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore highlights Bynum's effort to fight through the pain.

--With everyone, including myself, dissecting Bryant's wardrobe in the L.A. Times Magazine's photo shoot, The Orange County Register's Janis Carr sorts through other players' fashion tastes.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports that Bryant believes LeBron James deserves the league MVP.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the bench's inconsistency in Game 1.'s Mitch Lawrence believes the Lakers will do fine in the postseason so long as Bryant and Bynum hold up with their injuries.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen has more on Bynum's injury.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains part of Bynum's wanting to play through his injury entails putting off surgery.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Bryant feels like his normal self again.'s Mike Trudell focuses on the difficulty Utah has in stopping Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius debates the impact Ron Artest will have in the rest of the Jazz series.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark hits on some of the hot topics surrounding Game 2.

Jazz links

--ProbasketballTalk's John Krolik details Carlos Boozer's ineffective defense in Game 1.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen details the possibility Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko could return in Game 2.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm believes a healthier Bryant will just provide more problems for the Jazz. Luhm details Jerry Sloan's wanting  center Kyrylo Fesenko has a big presence in Game 2.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe praises Ronnie Price's effort in Game 1 against the Lakers.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson argues Gasol has Utah perplexed.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler details the Jazz's effort to remain confident and positive heading into Game 2. He also explains why the Jazz would value Kirilenko's return.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus details what the Jazz need to do to steal a win in L.A.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Shelley Smith highlights Wesley Matthews' effort in guarding Bryant.

--SLC Dunk's clarkpojo details what Utah needs to do to win Game 2.

Tweet of the Day: "Stylist explains Kobe photos, says look he was going for in hat pic was Tupac (????) Um, fail." -- jadande ('s J.A. Adande on stylist's explanation for Bryant's controversial all-white wardrobe).

Reader Comment of the Day on what Bryant's teammates really think about his photo shoot: "He lost a bet. A huge bet. I don't want to discuss it further." -- Jon K

General Reader Comment of the Day: "Not very good actually even if it's art. I've seen better art from Kobe Bryant." -- KB Blitz

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scores on a driving layup down the middle of the Utah defense in Game 1 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.