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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 98-80 Game 6 victory over New Orleans Hornets

April 29, 2011 | 12:08 pm

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest flexes after scoring against Hornets point guard Chris Paul in Game 6 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 28, 2011

This is a photo-caption contest in itself. When Ron Artest flexed his muscles during Thursday's game, it was the equivalent of Chick Hearn saying the game was in the refrigerator. At that point, everyone knew the Lakers had secured the victory. 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers' size proved too overwhelming in their 98-80 Game 6 victory over the New Orleans Hornets. 

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith believes the Lakers' size proved too much for the Hornets. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers evolved throughout the series. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Lamar Odom's Game 6 performance.

--The Times' Chris Dufresne points out Chris Paul's ineffectiveness in Game 6. 

--The Times-Picayune's John Reid explains why Paul remains optimistic about the team's future. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan and Turner examine how Pau Gasol improved throughout the first-round series against New Orleans. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights the NBA's decision to upgrade Kobe Bryant's foul on Emeka Okafor in Game 5 to a flagrant-1. 

Video

The Basketball Jones put together a video compilation of Artest's muscle flex.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke says the Lakers' tough first-round series will help prepare them for later in the playoffs.

--The Times' T.J. Simers pokes fun at Plaschke for saying the Lakers should've traded Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande contends that the Lakers are unstoppable when they feel like playing. 

--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier credits the Hornets' effort. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the Lakers have learned to play smart. 

--The Times-Picayune's Peter Finney believes the Hornets simply ran out of fight. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden relays the anecdote that a Blazers fan told Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki to make sure the Mavericks "beat L.A."

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi looks at how the Lakers are successful at closing out games. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin chalks up the Lakers' first-round win over the Hornets to their defense. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears talks to two NBA scouts who believed the Lakers weren't really trying and simply paced themselves against New Orleans. 

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes the Lakers' front line will give plenty of other teams trouble. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over New Orleans. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers had no problem beating the Hornets. They just took their time doing it. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett details how the Lakers closed out the series with defense. 

--Hornets 24/7's Joe Gerrity credits New Orleans for putting together a solid 2010-2011 season. 

--At the Hive's Rohan explains how the Hornets eventually fell apart against the Lakers. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Hornets game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Finally close them out. CP3 & Trev were tough, but we figured them out.. Couple days off to rest, then back to business.." -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Dallas vs LA Dirk vs Kobe Cuban vs Buss Texas vs California Steak vs Sushi Beer vs Wine Tornados vs Earthquakes This series is going to be fun!" -- Fatty

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest flexes after scoring against Hornets point guard Chris Paul in Game 6 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 28, 2011


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