Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 3 of Lakers-Suns series
Lakers links-The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner explain in great detail the value Lamar Odom brings to the team.
--The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights Andrew Bynum's admission that he's looking forward to a Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals matchup.
--Count The Times' Bill Plaschke down as a fan of Staples Center's Kiss Cam. Aren't we all.
--The Times' T.J. Simers tells a touching story of how Bill Walton has overcome his numerous health problems. He also becomes emotional when speaking about his son, Luke.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr describes power forward Pau Gasol as a "perfect fit" for the Lakers.
--NBA.com's Art Garcia compares and contrasts Gasol's stints with Memphis and the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists five things to watch for Game 3.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin praises Bynum's willingness to delay surgery so he can help the team make a championship run.--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller takes ESPN's Bill Simmons to task for wrongfully tweeting that Odom was at a NYC nightclub Saturday at 3:44 a.m.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith says focus will be the Lakers' biggest factor in Game 3.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on how the Lakers hope they can sustain the momentum they created in the first two games against Phoenix.
Suns links--The Times' Turner details how Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire pledges to turn around his play.
--The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller reports Phoenix guard Jason Richardson is fine with playing a secondary role.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears doubts Stoudemire's chances to play with Phoenix next season.
--Fox Sports lists five reasons the Suns are out of this series.--Bright Side of the Sun's Panama Sun breaks down Game 3.
Tweet of the Day: "If you're having a hard time sleeping, ESPN is re-airing the Celtics-Magic game now. That should do the trick." -- Arash Markazi (ESPN Los Angeles NBA reporter Arash Markazi)
Reader Comment of the Day: "1. The Lakers recognize that Boston will sweep the Magic in 4 games, and come out determined to do the same to the Suns. Result: Lakers win. 2. The Lakers come out totally distracted thinking about Boston, but because of the matchup advantage, the Suns have no chance anyway. Result: Lakers win. 3. The Lakers come out so distracted thinking about Boston, they lose sight of their immediate opponent, and fail to play with enough energy and focus. Result: Suns win. 4. The Suns see Orlando's humiliation and play out of their minds and out of their league, prospering from home -court advantage. Result: Suns win. The odds point to scenarios #1 and #2. This is a Lakers team much more mature and much more talented as a whole than anything we've seen in years. Scenario #3 would be an unexpected disappointment. But don't count out Scenario #4. Steve Nash is a far better leader than Dwight Howard; Alvin Gentry has proven he can get more out of what he has to work with than Stan Van Gundy gets out of the Magic. Still, I rate Scenario #4 as a longshot. This year's playoffs have been all about matchups." -- Rick Friedman
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Photo: Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire has had his hands full with Lakers power forward Pau Gasol in the Western Conference finals. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.