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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-103 Game 6 victory over Phoenix Suns

May 30, 2010 |  1:41 pm

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Game stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks ahead to the Lakers' Finals matchup with Boston.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins highlights Kobe Bryant's clutch play in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 111-103 Game 6 West Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro gives a big-picture assessment of how the Suns performed this season.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding measures the Lakers' excitement level in playing Boston.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford tells of an interesting encounter last year between Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Boston forward Paul Pierce.

Notebooks

-- The Daily News' Teaford reports that Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry means no disrespect toward Ron Artest.  They Suns were only ignoring Artest to devote more time to Bryant.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Calkins tells Sasha Vujacic's side of the story on that flagrant foul against Goran Dragic: "I don't do stupid things like that," but Vujacic sure didn't like the alleged trash talk about his family.

-- The Orange County Register's Ding tries to make sense of this whole Sasha Vujacic-Goran Dragic feud.

Sidebars

-- The Times' Bresnahan says Artest has hit his stride.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Pau Gasol's disappearing act.

-- NBA.com's Art Garcia highlights Phoenix's roller-coaster ride in the playoffs.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi explains why Artest finally feels like a Laker.

-- NBA.com's John Schuhmann looks at the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

-- As indicated by Chris Tomassons' reporting with NBA Fanhouse, it seemed like there was no innocent parties with the Vujacic-Dragic scuffle.

-- The Arizona Republic's Bob Young details the uncertainty regarding Amare Stoudemire's future.

Columns

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke predicts the Lakers will take the series in seven games.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers expresses amusement over Artest's unpredictability.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler highlights the adversities the Lakers and Celtics overcame to get to the Finals.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande spotlights Bryant's quest for a fifth championship.

-- The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley evaluates the Suns' season.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin looks ahead to the Suns' future.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore notices the Lakers already putting their game face on for Boston.

-- Fox Sports' Greg Boeck wonders if Artest could complement Bryant the way Scottie Pippen complemented Michael Jordan.

-- The Orange County Register's Ding describe Bryant as a "killer."

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper assesses the importance of Andrew Bynum in the NBA Finals.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden details how Bryant is fueled by the Lakers' 2008 Finals loss to Boston.

-- NBA.com's Chris Mannix credits Bryant's killer instinct. Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen also ranks Bryant as the league's best player.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller remains astonished at how Artest became the calming influence in the Lakers' Game 6 victory, including talking sense to reserve guard Sasha Vujacic.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers need to play tougher against Boston than they did in the 2008 Finals.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton remains unsure if the Lakers will beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Blogs

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby talks about Steve Nash's soothsaying abilities.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky details how Bryant took over the game in the final moments.

-- ESPN Boston previews the Finals matchup.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius focuses on how the Lakers closed out Game 6.

-- NBA.com's Sekou Smith documents the Lakers' late-game rally.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remained impressed with Phoenix's defense against the Lakers.

-- Valley of the Sun's Seth Pollack credits the Suns' resiliency.

Tweet of the Day: "Easily my favorite question of the Kobe presser is someone asking how he plans to prepare for Games 3 & 4 in Boston. Game 1 is on Thursday." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The great thing about the Lakers is there is always someone to step it up to go along with Kobes great play. Shut down Gasol/Odom and Ron comes through big and they get timely shots from the bench. Ron has a bad shooting night and Fish picks it up. Other nights Odom fills the gaps. And when you think all might be lost, Gasol puts back a Kobe miss and wins a game and a series (OKC). But when it gets rough, there is Kobe. Masterful focus and concentration." -- Art-FL Lakers Fan

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant salutes fans at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix after the Lakers' Game 6 win on May 29, 2010, to earn a spot in the NBA Finals. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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