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

May 10, 2010 | 10:58 am

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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.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Lakers are back on track.

--ESPN.com'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.

--NBA.com'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.

--Lakers.com'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 (CBSSports.com'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


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