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Caught in the Web: Cleveland-Boston live chat Thursday, plus Lakers links

May 13, 2010 | 11:50 am

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I know you're going through Lakers withdrawal, wondering how you'll ever pass the time from now until Monday, when the West Finals begins. Other than stating the obvious that life outside the Lakers blog indeed exists (that doesn't mean I don't want you to keep coming back), there is still one thing to temporarily keep your mind on basketball.

With the Lakers, Suns and Magic enjoying plenty of rest after sweeping their way through the semifinals, I think it's fair to say Lakers fans are enjoying watching Cleveland and Boston beat up on each other. Fans of the Lakers blog overwhelmingly want the Celtics to win, a sentence you will never ever read again in your life. But what better way to see these two teams duke it out than in a Lakers blog live chat?

You'll remember where you were and what you were doing if Game 6 tonight at 5 indeed serves as LeBron James' last game with Cleveland. Nothing will get you more amped up to talk about the Lakers-Suns series. And even if the team isn't looking ahead, the live chat will certainly welcome fan discussion on who you think the Lakers will face in the NBA Finals. So at 4:45 p.m., come on by the Lakers blog and enjoy Game 6 of the Boston-Cleveland series.

Now on to the links (after the jump).

Lakers links

--Former Lakers Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar argues the NBA should raise the entry age to 21.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the Lakers' game plan against the Suns.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman features the matchup between Derek Fisher and Steve Nash.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers seeking revenge against Phoenix angle is overblown.

Fisher spends five minutes in the video below with PTI's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

--The New York Times' Joanne C. Gerstner explains in the Off the Dribble blog why there is such a delay before the West Finals start.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper features Bryant's resurgence.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Ron Artest's fear of losing.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers plan to use their inside presence against the Suns.

--ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler breaks down the Lakers-Suns series in the video below.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how the Lakers plan to use the long break between series to their advantage.

--Fox Sports West's Matt Smith debates whether Kobe Bryant draws motivation from the Lakers' first-round losses in 2006 and 2007 to Phoenix.

--NBA.com's Sekou Smith explain how Bryant and Pau Gasol manage to share the spotlight together.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how Bryant excelled in the regular season against Phoenix guard Jason Richardson.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Lakers center Andrew Bynum may have a limited role in the Phoenix series.

--The TNT crew previews the Lakers-Suns series, with Charles Barkley saying the Lakers' length will be too much for Phoenix to handle.

--Lakers legend Jerry West in the video below tells ESPN's Jim Rome that the Lakers will make the NBA Finals.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down what the Lakers need to do on offense against the Suns.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders which team has more momentum -- the Lakers or the Suns.

Suns links

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin highlights how not many are giving Phoenix a chance in this series.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro argues the Suns need to find a way to limit the Lakers' size and length.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden details Phoenix's chemistry.

--Fox Sports' Florida's Whit Watson prefers to see the Suns and Magic square up in the NBA Finals.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker provides a scouting report on Phoenix.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young reports that Suns Coach Alvin Gentry expresses optimism that center Robin Lopez will return to the lineup after suffering a bulging disk in his back.

--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz previews the series in podcast form.

--Stoudemire shares with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray the keys to the series.

Tweet of the Day:"Local tv news in LA: a 3 min. promotional piece for a Kardashian skin-care product...presented as legit news...in the B block!" -- AndrewSiciliano (710 ESPN's Andrew Siciliano).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Too much time between games for the fans, but may be just right for the players given the assorted injuries they're playing with. " -- Lakerlady

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Cavaliers forward LeBron James pulls down a rebound in front of Celtics forward Paul Pierce in the fourth quarter Friday night. Credit: Matt Campbell / EPA


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