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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 5 of Lakers-Suns series

May 27, 2010 | 11:14 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' success in must-win playoff situations.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman explains what's gotten Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson so upset with the team's defense.'s J.A. Adande outlines why the Lakers feel they're in a good position.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr offers various reasons why the Lakers played better at home this series.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers should savor the championship experience.'s John Hollinger explains how the Lakers can win a "wild West shootout" (insider subscription required).

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill predicts Jackson will field plenty of offers from other teams this offseason.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details the Lakers' confidence.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen showcases the Lakers' recent successes in Game 5.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden credits Bryant for imploring his teammates to take the Suns seriously.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down five things to watch in Game 5.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues the Lakers are playing soft against Phoenix.

--Even though he believes the Lakers will win Game 5, the Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that the Suns can still win the series.

--The Orange County Register's Marcia Smith highlights reader feedback regarding Jackson's stance on immigration.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notices some trends in the Lakers' seven-game winning streak in Game 5s during the last three playoff runs.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down how the Lakers can sharpen up on defense.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das assesses the Lakers' ability to produce in the clutch.'s Mike Trudell outlines how Bryant's improved health has affected his play.


Suns links

--The Times' Broderick Turner observes that Phoenix has renewed confidence after tying the series. Turner also credits Alvin Gentry's coaching in helping the Suns get back in the series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler praises Steve Nash's toughness.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley shows how the Suns' success has brought the state together.'s Fran Blinebury argues that the Suns' zone has added a new wrinkle to the West finals match-up

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin features the appreciation the Suns' starters have for their bench.'s Art Garcia breaks down the Suns' zone defense with former NBA coach Don Casey.

--Fox Sports Arizona's Dave Lumia credits Gentry for helping the Suns sharpen their chemistry.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains why Suns don't pay attention to the outside skepticism.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young argues that the series has shifted. He also explains why Channing Frye has enjoyed the playoff run.

--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg documents how the Suns found the right mix in a playoff-caliber team.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen points to the Suns' bench and three-point shooting as the keys Phoenix must master to win Game 5.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson argues that the Suns' key to beating the Lakers doesn't necessarily involve just shutting down Bryant.

--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz lists five things Phoenix must to do win the West finals.

Web Interview

I discussed the Lakers-Suns series in the video below with Don Best TV host Pat Williams.

Tweet of the Day: U know the Lakers are goin to come out focus tonight ... I remember game 5 vs the thunder ... they scored everything in the paint ... Gotta be ready" -- JaredDudley619 (Phoenix Suns reserve forward Jared Dudley)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm sure LA will hit more shots at home, but it remains to be seen whether LA can keep up their defense against a PHX team that has yet to shoot well in this series" -- BUTLER

-- Mark Medina

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Upper photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, battles with Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire for a rebound during Game 4 on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: Suns guard Jason Richardson leaps into the crowd after trying to keep the ball in play during Game 4 on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times