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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 114-106 victory over Phoenix Suns


--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the high-tempo offense that defined the Lakers' 114-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Lamar Odom has remained effective thus far in the regular season.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro gives the Lakers credit for finding multiple ways to beat the Phoenix Suns.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding revealed an anecdote that entailed Matt Barnes eyeing Ron Artest's championship ring.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky reports that Jeanie Buss believes Phil Jackson will retire after this season.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on how Kobe Bryant and Grant Hill play physical with each other.

--The Daily Breeze's' Elliott Teaford looks at how the Lakers and Phoenix have changed personnel since they last played in the West Finals. Teaford also highlights the contention from Suns Coach Alvin Gentry that the Lakers remain the team to beat.'s Mike Trudell has a running diary of the game and a one-on-one interview with Lakers guard Steve Blake.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore isn't impressed with Phoenix's defense.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains how the Lakers' bench and front line made the difference against the Suns.

--Lakers Nation's Gary Lee ranks the team's top nine dunkers in history.

--Valley of the Sun's Seth Pollack gives Phoenix credit for its effort.

Tweet of the Day: Talked to Kobe about him and GHill testing foul limits w/ cagey tricks. Smiling Kobe said: "I know what I can get away with: bloody murder." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Yo, breatheren! - For the sake of parsimony, I will keep it brief... - Here's what I love about the first two games: - Our core are playing relaxed and giving enough space for our bench to "get" what being a Laker is all about and thereby learn the system... learn the spirit. - Everything is coming together. - Luke and Andrew get healthy with the right attitude and we are unbeatable. - The Celtics are a real team. - The Miami Hype are not. - The battle continues." -- Jon K.

Photo: Lakers center Pau Gasol pulls down a rebound against Phoenix center Robin Lopez in the first quarter Friday night. Credit: Matt York/Associated Press

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Jon K with the RCOTD! Whew! Now I can go out and enjoy this beautiful day.

Congrats JonK, the man got mad SKILL. Kobe know's the limits of the ref's, it's his job.


Loved this quoted by Blake in Mike Trudell's article...

Blake: Can you imagine Pau at the four? He’s so much bigger and so good that for him to be going against power forwards is going to be crazy. And I love making those passes up around the rim, so I’m looking forward to having Bynum go and get them.
Also it was good to read about how Matt Barnes and Theo was eyeing Ron Ron's championship ring. That bling will keep them motivated.

@Jon K - congrats on RCOTD

@TidalWave - thanks for the intro to Arthur Lee

@Mamba - You had a little Quiet Storm going on. No wonder Dylan once called Smokey "America's greatest living poet".

More love, more joy
Than age or time could ever destroy
My love will be so sound
It would take about 100 lifetimes
To live it down, wear it down, tear it down

No wonder Dylan once called Smokey "America's greatest living poet".
Posted by: LRob | October 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM
Yep, people don't give the man enough respect. He's one of musics underappreciated treasures.


I love Smokey and the Miracles.

Jon K - Congrats. Well deserved RCOTD.

So what I take away from last night:

Steve Nash may make good on his word that the Suns are setting. No playoffs for them may be a safe bet. A healthy Andrew and last night would've been even uglier, but Dragic looks legit and it's nice to see Grant Hill enjoying a good healthy streak.

Lamar, if he keeps this up, will finally make the all-star team. If he's around 16/10 and still starting around February, he deseves it for sure. I know it's only two games, but a summer of hooping it up serves LO's game much better than partying it up.

Pau - Brilliant. Darn near triple double. Preseason really didn't mean squat.

Kobe - was there ever any real doubt?

The Killer B's - Blake, Brown, and Barnes look legit. They didn't just hold the lead, they extended it. I'm thinking that'll be the case more often than not.

Fish/Ron - you take the good with the bad with them. Ron's D was its usual outstanding. His shot selection wasn't. That's the deal with him though, one clutch shot is sure to be followed by dozens of bad ones. Still, he's earned some good will. Fish took some bad shots and of course made the clutch ones. That's the Fish we know and love.

And Big Props to PJ on his 1,100th regular win. 1,100 WINS, and before long the majority of them will be with the Lakers. The way things are shaping up early, with a little help from the Basketball Gods, this may be his greatest team of all. 82-0 Bandwagon still in effect!

BTW - I missed it, did our phavorite phoenix troll check in and try to spin how last night's game was actually a phoenix win?

I love Smokey and the Miracles. Posted by: ChicNstu | October 30, 2010 at 01:10 PM
And now EARTH, WIND AND FIRRRRRRRRRRRE! – Win or Lose – Earth Wind Fire
And yes that is to my Ex., 3 times is the Charm!

Jon K - congrats on the Friedman Award.

CONGRATS Jon K on winning the coveted Friedman award!

I also enjoyed your secret agent posts - it's nice to know you'll still be enlightening us about all things princess.

@LRob: nice find of Blake, I hope when Andrew returns Blake can get more open looks for 3 pts.

I'm curious to see Devin Ebanks playing some minutes. And also Derrick.

For P. Holiway – For the Lover in you - Shalomar

Jon K.

Congrats bruh on the RCOTD award...

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