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Lakers Roundtable: Mark Medina and the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro preview Game 3 of Phoenix-Lakers series

May 23, 2010 |  3:22 pm

The Lakers might be closer to an NBA Finals rematch with the Boston Celtics. The fan base may be growing bored with the Western Conference finals match-up with Phoenix. And the Suns may have little chance to come back from a 2-0 deficit against the Lakers, particularly because Phil Jackson's teams are 46-0 after winning Game 1. But that doesn't mean the West finals series hasn't lacked story lines.

Aside from all the controversy regarding Jackson's stance on Arizona's new immigration law, there's also been his uncertain coaching future, Kobe Bryant's dominance, Pau Gasol's consistency, Ron Artest's hot shooting, Andrew Bynum's injury and, of course, Amare Stoudemire's charge that Lamar Odom simply had a "lucky game" in the Lakers' 128-107 Game 1 victory.

And as far as Phoenix goes, the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro catches us up on what the Suns are experiencing and what to expect in Game 3.

Among the highlights:

--How the time off between Games 2 and 3 could affect how Phoenix and the Lakers play Sunday.

--How the Suns' defense may look different in Game 3.

--A look at Stoudemire's future with the Suns

--What to make of Suns General Manager Steve Kerr drawing a $10,000 fine from the league for joking he'd sign LeBron James at the mid-level exception.

--Why the Lakers' bench has outscored the Suns' reserves, 80-61.

--Whether Phoenix has a shot to come back in this series.

You can follow more of Coro's work at the Arizona Republic's website as well as on his Twitter account.

-- Mark Medina

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


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