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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 3 of Lakers-Suns series

May 23, 2010 |  1:15 pm

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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.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen highlights Bynum's contributions through injuries and all. He also details the Lakers' contention that they won't let down in 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.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius and Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das break down Game 3.

Suns links

--The Times' Turner details how Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire pledges to turn around his play.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro details Phoenix's plan to simplify its defense in Game 3. Coro also explains how the Suns plan to get their "mojo" back.

--The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller reports Phoenix guard Jason Richardson is fine with playing a secondary role.

--The Arizona Republic's Haller and Coro report that Stoudemire hasn't made a decision on his future next season, refuting an ESPN.com report that suggested otherwise.

--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

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

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.


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