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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 2 of Lakers-Suns series & Live Chat details with The Times' Mike Bresnahan

May 19, 2010 |  1:08 pm


First, a housekeeping note. The Times' Mike Bresnahan will have a live chat on the Reader Rep blog to talk all things Lakers this Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Wonder how the Lakers will finish out their West Finals matchup with Phoenix, or what a Lakers-Celtics Finals showdown should entail? Bresnahan will have those answers. I'll provide more details when the time approaches as far as what chat interface will be used. But for now, you can bookmark the Readers Rep blog as well as The Times' Sports home page, which will directly link to the chat.

Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the drama Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire created by saying Lakers forward Lamar Odom had a "lucky game" in L.A.'s Game 1 victory over the Suns in the Western Conference Finals.

--The Times' Chris Erskine enjoys his time at Hyde nightclub.

--The Times' Mark Heisler pokes fun at the media's suspicion that Kobe Bryant tanked Game 7 of the Lakers' first-round loss in 2006 to Phoenix.

--The Times' Tim Rutten contends that Phil Jackson and the Lakers should denounce Arizona's new law.

--The Times' Houston Mitchell lists Wilt Chamberlain and Chick Hearn as the eighth and seventh greatest all-time Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks ahead to a likely Lakers-Celtics Finals matchup.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins explicates the Lakers' seven-game winning streak. Calkins also annotates why the Lakers are proud to be considered lucky.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down how the Lakers exploited Stoudemire.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin rewatches Game 7 of the Lakers' 2006 first-round loss to Phoenix and concludes that Bryant didn't tank the game.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wants the Lakers to fire back at Phoenix's taunts.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the adjustments Jackson expects the Suns to make in Game 2. He also presents how Odom is taking Stoudemire's comments in stride.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker explains how Jackson has produced winning teams without having a traditional point guard.

--Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby features Pau Gasol's various playoff faces.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius credits the bench's play in Game 1.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore anticipates what adjustments will happen in Game 2.'s Mike Trudell highlights how Shannon Brown "violates air space."

Suns links

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why the Suns have maintained a positive outlook in the series.'s J.A. Adande argues Steve Nash's legacy remains pretty impressive even without an NBA title.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley believes Phoenix needs to show more fight.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin expresses intrigue on how this Odom-Stoudemire matchup will shape up.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore explains why Grant Hill is enjoying the ride to the Western Conference Finals, even it it requires the unenviable task of guarding Bryant.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro explains how the Suns' plan to fix their offensive rhythm.

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum outlines how Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry has jump-started the Suns.

--Fox Sports Charley Rosen wonders whether Phoenix has the ability to limit Bryant.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports Gentry isn't thrilled with Stoudemire's lucky comments, either.

--The Arizona Republic's Randy Young puts Phoenix's bench on the hot seat.

--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz dissects how Bryant, Gasol and Odom scorched Phoenix in Game 1.

Web interview

I previewed Game 2 of the Lakers-Suns series in the video below at Don Best TV host Pat Williams.

Tweet of the Day:"I have to say I got the best fans in the world. True story! I really wish I could retweet each and every single one." -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day:"I expect to see more luckification going on tomorrow night." -- justanothermambafan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to drive past Phoenix guard Jason Richardson in the second half of Game 1 on Monday night. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times