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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 4 of Lakers-Jazz series

May 10, 2010 | 10:58 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains the importance of the Lakers' sweeping, Kobe Bryant's missed box out on Wesley Matthews and a medical update on Sasha Vujacic.

--The Times' Broderick Turner believes the Jazz's chances to come back against the Lakers are highly unlikely. Turner also details what the Lakers must do to win in Game 4.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke relives the playoffs in Tweet form.'s J.A. Adande argues the Lakers are back on track.'s Kevin Arnovitz as well as ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky have a video breakdown of Game 3's final moments.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins argues the Lakers should take advantage of any rest they can get. Hence, the Lakers need to close out the series tonight against Utah.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr compares Kobe Bryant's injured finger to LeBron James' injured elbow.'s Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Ron Artest has moved on from Twittergate.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill argues Derek Fisher serves as a valuable component to the Lakers' starting lineup.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin examines the Lakers' success in close games.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues Pau Gasol's contributions sometimes go unnoticed.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Gasol's consistency against the Jazz. Teaford also details the Lakers' track record in close-out games.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details how Adam Morrison keeps his teammates laughing and still feels part of the team, despite his limited minutes.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore breaks down why the Lakers' offense has been so efficient.'s Mike Trudell has a complete rundown of Sunday's practice.

Jazz links

--The Deseret News' Tim Buckley says Utah is well aware of the heavy task at hand.

--The Deseret News' Jody Genessy believes this may the last game for Carlos Boozer in a Jazz uniform. Genessy doesn't like that The L.A. Times is ripping on Jazz fans.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones reports Utah Coach Jerry Sloan doesn't plan to make any lineup changes.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe argues Game 4 serves as a good chance for Boozer to shape his legacy.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm highlights how Bryant's remained a Jazz killer.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson highlights how the Jazz feel getting swept would be humiliating.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler reports that Utah hasn't completely lost hope in this series. Siler also details how Matthews has moved on from his missed put-back in Game 3.

Tweet of the Day: "When LeBron passes up shots, he's an unselfish facilitator. When Kobe does it, he's a sociopath." -- KBerg_CBS ('s Ken Berger)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz use the same approach again and dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. Can the Lakers shoot 46% in 3's two consecutive games? Especially on the road? For the Jazz that seems like a risk worth taking. I think the Lakers need to figure out a way to get more inside scoring or we have game 5 back in LA." -- Art-FL Lakers Fan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Utah guard C.J. Miles fouls Lakers power forward Pau Gasol on a shot attempt in Game 3 on Saturday night. Gasol would finish with a workmanlike 14 points and 17 rebounds. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times