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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-96 Game 4 victory over the Utah Jazz

May 11, 2010 |  9:15 am

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the one-two punch Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol provided Monday in the Lakers' 111-96 Game 4 victory over the Utah Jazz.

--NBA.com's Andrew Aragon chalks up the Lakers victory to the team approaching Game 4 like it was any other game.

--The Deseret News' Tim Buckley examines Utah's recent history with losing to the Lakers in the postseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins reports that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson felt disappointed with how he managed the game when the Jazz came back in the second half.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr credited the Lakers' focus in ensuring a sweep.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler explains how Utah fell behind too much, too early.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford presents how the Lakers dominated Game 4 right from the beginning.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details the value reserve guard Sasha Vujacic would bring to the Lakers in their West Finals series against Phoenix.

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits the contributions from Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown off the bench.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Calkins looks at how the Lakers draw motivation from their first-round losses in 2006 and 2007 to Phoenix.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gives his three keys to the Lakers-Suns series.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Michael C. Lewis details the Jazz's second-quarter meltdown.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm focuses on Bryant's dominance.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Siler presents a list of things the Jazz will address in the offseason.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Jackson's hope that he would run into NBA Commissioner David Stern before Game 4.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers will have no problem against Phoenix in the West Finals.

--The Times' T.J. Simers details his efforts in getting Jackson to talk about Phoenix, but to no avail.

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues the Lakers may have trouble with the Suns.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande sees a more mature and focused Lakers team.

--Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes believes the Lakers look like championship contenders.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe argues the Jazz didn't put up much of a fight.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi looks at how uncommon it is for the Lakers to sweep a playoff opponent.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin examines why the Lakers' inconsistency issues no longer seem to trouble them.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson chalked up the Lakers' sweep more to their dominance than anything wrong the Jazz did.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton says the Lakers are peaking at the right time.

--The Deseret News' Doug Robinson looks at how difficult it will be for Utah ever to win an NBA championship.

--FoxSports.com's Charley Rosen sees the Lakers finally possessing a killer instinct.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears says that the Lakers' 2006 and 2007 playoff losses to Phoenix remain fresh in Bryant's mind.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith has more on the Lakers' revenge tour.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details the difficulty Utah had in avoiding a sweep.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wasn't impressed one bit with Carlos Boozer's performance.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Gasol's dominance.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius believes the Lakers' Game 4 victory was almost inevitable.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap argues that the Lakers made the Jazz lose hope.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the Lakers' Game 4 victory.

--The Valley of the Suns examines how a week off will benefit both the Suns and the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Our bus just hit Boozer's Escalade. Swept, fouled out, and gets his ride trashed all in 1 night. At least he's a free agent" -- LAIreland (710 ESPN's/K-CAL9's Lakers sideline reporter John Ireland).

Reader Comment of the Day: "thank God for the win, it's great to see them move on to the western conference chanmpionship. the only thing better would be to see them move on to the finals. the only thing better than that would be to see them win the finals....eight more victories to go!" -- mud

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol is congratulated by fans as he exits the court following a 111-96 victory over the Utah Jazz that sends L.A. on to the Western Conference finals. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.


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