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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-110 Game 3 victory over Utah Jazz

May 9, 2010 | 10:48 am

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Game stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers prevailed in a 111-110 Game 3 victory Saturday over the Utah Jazz.

-- The Deseret News' Tim Buckley breaks down the Jazz's final play - a Deron Williams missed jumper and a Wesley Matthews missed putback.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details the Lakers' clutch shots.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins explains why this game was so exciting to watch.

-- The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler details how the Jazz folded late in the game.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' late-game heroics.

Notebooks

-- The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Jazz limited the Lakers' inside game.

-- The Deseret News' Michael Black highlights Andrei Kirilenko's contributions.

-- The Orange County Register's Carr explains Andrew Bynum's disappearing act as well as Ron Artest's improved shooting.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Calkins and Gregg Patton detail how Artest and Phil Jackson have patched things up.

-- The Daily News' Teaford has more on Artest's Twitter controversy.

Columns

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke finds it offensive the way Utah fans booed Lakers guard Derek Fisher for leaving Utah. Writes Plaschke: "How about the tenacity of those fans who still don't believe that, three years ago, Fisher was thinking of his family instead of himself? Fans who still boo even though Fisher gave up $8 million when he was released from his three-year deal. Fans who still boo even though Tatum Fisher, now nearly 4, has regained 50% of vision in her eye and her cancer is in remission."

-- The Times' T.J. Simers details the horrors of a trip to Salt Lake City.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues that Artest is back to full form.

-- The Deseret News' Andrew Aragon feels for Matthews with his putback falling short in the last few seconds.

-- Sports Illustrated's Paul Forrester has a detailed breakdown of Game 3.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi highlights the back-and-forth shooting from Artest and Kyle Korver.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers suddenly became proficient with perimeter shooting.

-- The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson credits the Jazz's effort this series but adds that that doesn't erase the 3-0 deficit.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Patton observes how Fisher's clutch performance shut up the angry Utah crowd.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears
argues Fisher's performance gave him closure.

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker explains how Fisher's clutch performances are nothing new.

Blogs

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius calls Game 3 an "instant classic."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details the game's final moments.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down some numbers.

-- NBA.com's Sekou Smith argues Kobe Bryant's performance shows age isn't an issue for him.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore couldn't believe how this game unfolded.

Tweet of the Day:"Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the moms of Lakers fans (esp. mom's of Lakers players-they made you proud last night!). Love you. :)" -- JeanieBuss [Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss].

Reader Comment of the Day: "Funny thing is we were all waiting for a statement game in the regular season, but we've just won 5 in a row in the playoffs, 2 in extremely hostile environments. I think we just witnessed a statement game." -- jac

Radio Interview

--In the audio file below, I discuss the Lakers' Game 3 victory with Fox Sports Radio's Sean Farham and Pooh Richardson.

Fox Sports Radio May 8


-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Utah point guard Deron Williams elevates for a potential game-winning jumper as Lakers forward Ron Artest closes on him in the final seconds of Game 3 on Saturday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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