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Kobe Bryant dominates Phoenix Suns again

Kobe BryantGame stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits Kobe Bryant's strong scoring effort in the Lakers' 111-99 victory Friday over the Phoenix Suns.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notices the Lakers having fun against Phoenix.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro notes how it's common for Bryant to go on a scoring spree against Phoenix.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notices the Lakers' progression.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on Derek Fisher's decreased playing time.

--The Arizona Republic's Coro highlights Steve Nash's praise for Jeremy Lin.

--The Daily News' Teaford notes Nash would make a great addition for the Lakers.

Sidebars

--I highlight Kobe Bryant's contention that Pau Gasol's uncertainty with the Lakers has affected his play.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande reports that it's unlikely the Suns will trade Nash.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers believe in their potential.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Phoenix.

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

--Valley of the Sun's Mike Schmitz says  the Suns had to provide a flawless game against the Lakers. They didn't.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remarked how Bryant remained strong in all facets against Phoenix.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers' win over Phoenix.

Tweet of the Day: "Talked to Shaq today and he said if he was a better free-throw shooter he would probably be just behind Kareem on the all-time scoring list." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I see a team that has problems, but is getting better. I'm not just saying this because of the last game. They have improved on the road recently as well. I think we should put a halt to the trade rumors that surround us with Gasol and Bynum. They put us in a weak posture on the outside, as well as from the inside."

"Take Gasol, for example, he is just as skilled as ever, but he is sensitive. One can take that weakness and say he is soft, or use good leadership and get the most out of him. Publicly state that you are no hurry to get rid one of the best post players in the game, and watch his play rise. This does not mean you don't make a trade, but you wait for a great deal comes along, as you put your team in a position of strength in the deal." -- Joe Williams

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after getting fouled during the game Friday night against the Suns. Credit: Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times

 
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