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Caught in the Web: Previewing Lakers-Suns series

May 12, 2010 | 12:08 pm

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Lakers links

--The Times' Broderick Turner observes that Kobe Bryant already is wearing his game face.

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues that the Lakers have arrived.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details the Lakers' recent turnaround.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr criticizes Charles Barkely's contention that Bryant's recent scoring spree will come to an end.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding has a detailed position-by-position breakdown of the Lakers-Suns series.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia tackles a few questions about the West Finals.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky takes an early peek at the Lakers-Suns matchup.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller predicts the Lakers will take the series in six games.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton explains how the Lakers are using their first-round playoff losses to Phoenix in 2006 and 2007 as motivation.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a comprehensive look at how the Lakers match up with the Suns.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius wonders if the long time off will actually hurt the Lakers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers have momentum on their side.

Suns links

-- Phoenix guard Jason Richardson tells FoxSports.com in the video below that he's ready for the Lakers.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley explains why Amare Stoudemire's future with the Suns remains up in the air.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Bolvin looks into how Suns General Manager Steve Kerr molded the franchise.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro highlights Steve Nash's leadership.

--The Arizona Republic's Jay Dieffenbach details the Lakers-Suns rivalry.

--Valley of the Suns Michael Schwartz lists five keys for the Phoenix-Lakers series.

Tweet of the Day: "LBJ's "3 bad games" comment latest example of how the better he's gotten, the worse he's grown at handling it." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Photo Caption Comment of the Day: "What, No Rocky? 'Cut me Mick...'" -- Jolly Rancher

Reader Comment of the Day: "There are 3 things that are essential and significant to this series, and the Lakers have all 3. Those 3 things should negate any advantage the Suns may have. The most important thing, is that the Lakers already faced the Thunder. The Suns are Thunder-lite. They're not nearly as athletic as the Thunder. The Thunder's biggest albatross was inexperience. They've got speed, rebounding, shot blocking, breakneck runouts, perimeter shooting, and lightning quick defense and switching on defense. They make the Suns look old and slow. The Lakers have length, and the Lakers will use that to SLOOOOOW the game down to a crawl. When that happens, the Suns play halfcourt also and have to fight through bigs. Steve Nash is not Russell Westbrook. As good as Nash is, he's not above the rim like Westbrook or as athletic. And the other thing is Kobe Bryant. Well, there's Gasol too, but Kobe himself makes the Suns cringe." -- John

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers illustrated how dominant they can be, especially when Andrew Bynum, left, and Pau Gasol are playing at the top of their game. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images


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