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Caught in the Web: Lakers and Celtics practice reports

June 1, 2010 | 12:30 pm

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Lakers links

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the decision behind Lakers center Andrew Bynum getting his right knee drained.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at the decisions the Lakers will have to make during off-season.

--NBA Fanhouse's Sam Amick details Ron Artest's playoff journey.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins says Lakers assistant trainer Marco Nunez actually enjoys his commute from Riverside, a time that allows him to reflect on his life journey.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers must play physical against the Celtics. Ding also lists the three keys to the series.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin focuses on the Artest-Paul Pierce matchup.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger breaks down some numbers to illustrate Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's improved play. (Subscription required)

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen reports on Bynum's decision to have his knee drained, which could help his play.

--ESPN Los Angeles Andy Kamenetzky looks at the history that Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Ron Artest share with each other.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues that a Lakers Finals victory over the Celtics would further cement Bryant's legacy and shape how history views both teams.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin assesses how the Lakers have matured since their 2008 Finals loss to the Celtics.

---NBA.com's John Schuhmann believes both the Lakers and Celtics are ready for the Finals.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says part of Bynum's reasoning behind getting his knee drained included Bryant's elevated play after having his own knee drained.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker highlights how the Lakers and Celtics are different since the 2008 Finals.

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap argues the 2010 Finals has significant bearings on Bryant's legacy.

Celtics links

--The Times' Lisa Dillman explains how Celtics Coach Doc Rivers and forward Paul Pierce have provided a calming influence on the team.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details how Boston used the 82-game regular season as an extended training camp.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg says Boston's bench could again be the difference-maker.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller calls Pierce the NBA's No. 1 diva.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy says the Lakers-Celtics rivalry gives young and old a chance to relive the good old days.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow highlights the Celtics' acknowledgment that they've been looking forward to this matchup.

--The Boston Herald's Gerry Callahan marvels at how the Celtics got to this point.

--Celtic Blog's Jimmy Toscano explains what makes Boston a good road team.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports Rivers remains upset that Kendrick Perkins is one technical foul away from receiving a one-game suspension.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down the Celtics' offense.

--The Boston Herald's Dan Ventura documents the many concerns the Celtics have about guarding Bryant.

Tweet of the Day: "Bynum just had 70 cc drained from his ailing right knee. Almost twice as much as Kobe. It's a lot. How will he fare? To be answered Thursday" -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Translation of Phil's Video: 1. The Celtics are a bunch of bullies. 2. We have to be mentally tough to deal with them." -- Jon K

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks to score on a reverse layup against Celtics big men Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins in the first half of Game 3 of the 2008 NBA Finals. Bryant would score 36 points in leading L.A. to an 87-81 victory. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


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