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Caught in the Web: Early preview of the much anticipated Lakers-Celtics Finals matchup

May 31, 2010 | 10:24 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan says the Lakers don't need a video reminder of their 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics -- the memory of losing is more than enough.

--The Times' Mark Heisler breaks down the individual matchups.

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on what Kobe Bryant learned from his team's loss to Boston in the 2008 Finals. Turner also talks to an NBA scout who believes this year's Lakers-Celtics Finals matchup will be an exciting series from start to finish.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck highlights the unfinished business both teams feel.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers want to make sure they properly channel their motivation against Boston.

Magic Johnson argues in the video below that defense will present a key factor in the series.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists 20 questions to chew on before the Lakers-Celtics series begins (again).

--Lakers analyst Stu Lantz believes Pau Gasol must get physical with Kevin Garnett, something he sorely lacked in the team's 2008 Finals loss.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton recounts the episode where Ron Artest approached Kobe Bryant in the shower following the Lakers' 2008 Finals loss to Boston and promised he'd help him win a ring in L.A.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down each Finals matchup.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen says the series will be decided by the Lakers' considerable advantage in various matchups and predicts the Lakers will triumph in six games.'s Sekou Smith remains convinced the Lakers will use their 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics as motivation.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford compares and contrasts the makeup of the current Lakers and Celtics teams with that of the 2008 Finals team rosters.

--The Washington Post's Mike Wise argues it's not out of the question to start comparing Kobe Bryant to Michael Jordan.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius reflects on the Lakers-Celtics regular-season matchups.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues that the 2008 NBA Finals has no bearing on this year's series.

Celtics links

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow notes that the Celtics are still the same, with the same starting five from the 2008 Finals. Benbow also previews the series.

--The Boston Herald's Dan Duggan explains why Tony Gaffney holds the Lakers in high regards.

--ESPN Boston says that if the Lakers' and Celtics' regular-season matchups are any indication, the Finals too will go down to the wire.

ESPN highlights in the video below how the Celtics and Lakers got here

--Fox Sports argues that there's no better chant in all of sports than "Beat L.A."

--ESPN Boston's Peter May predicts the matchup will create another chapter in the rivalry between the Lakers and the Celtics.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy attributes the Celtics' success this season to Doc Rivers' coaching.'s Shaun Powell details Rajon Rondo's maturity and development.

--The Boston Globe's John Powers tackles Kendrick Perkins' on-court and off-court persona.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan believes this year's Celtics team is among the franchise's greatest.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy contends he believed the Celtics would pull through even when things looked hopeless.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen highlights Nate Robinson's contributions.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski points to Rivers' managing the team's minutes to ensure a healthy lineup paid dividends during the postseason.

--Yahoo! Sports wonders if Boston has what it takes to win its second championship in three seasons.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe is the best. The shots he made last night was insane. We played great defense and he would not be denied. You have to give him love!" -- AlvinGentry (Phoenix Suns Coach Alvin Gentry).

Reader Comment of the Day: "The reality for both teams is that there's zero margin for error. A single space cadet moment can change the outcome of every game." -- Rick Friedman

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is none too happy after Celtics forward James Posey hit a three-pointer in the Game 6 victory for Boston, which set a record for margin of victory in the 2008 NBA Finals with a 131-92 win. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times