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Caught in the Web: Lakers and Celtics practice reports

June 1, 2010 | 12:30 pm


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.'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.'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

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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