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Caught in the Web: Lakers-Celtics practice reports

June 5, 2010 | 11:15 am

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' belief that the Celtics will play more aggressively in Game 2.

--The Times' Broderick Turner gets a Game 1 assessment from Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who points out a few areas the Lakers need to sharpen for Game 2.

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner looks at how the Pau Gasol-Kevin Garnett matchup with shape up in Game 2.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues that Ron Artest's more serious approach to the game has yielded positive results for the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins believes many of the media have overblown the comments Gasol made on Garnett.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding has an update on Sasha Vujacic's relationship with tennis player Maria Sharapova.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins explains in great detail in the latest issue of S.I. why a championship specifically over Boston would vastly help Bryant's legacy.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky documents how the Lakers managed to win an ugly Game 1.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen looks at how the 67 combined free throws in Game 1 affected the pace of the game. Lassen also explains why Gasol has struggled with shedding the "soft" label.

--Jackie MacMullan with ESPN sits down with Bryant to discuss in the video below what he's learned from the NBA's all-time greats.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi proclaims the series is over.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller takes Gasol to task for criticizing Garnett's game.

--Sports Illustrated's Richard Rothchild ranks all 11 series of the Lakers-Celtics Finals matchups.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan appreciates how "skilled" a basketball player Gasol has become.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports Lakers guard Derek Fisher doesn't plan to retire after this season, though he conceded his uncertain future as a free agent.

--AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson highlights Bryant's maturity.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski documents how Gasol exacted revenge on Garnett in Game 1.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell goes one-on-one in the video below with Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark dissects how the Lakers' offense has done in the postseason.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius argues the Lakers-Suns West Finals series could serve as a valuable learning experience for the rest of the NBA Finals.

Celtics links

--The Times' Mark Heisler warns the Lakers and their fans why they shouldn't count Boston out.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes details the difficulty Celtics guard Rajon Rondo faced against the Lakers. Holmes also explains how Boston plans to guard Bryant in Game 2.

--The Boston Globe's Zuri Berry notices the team hasn't changed its mood since the Game 1 loss.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley observes the Celtics aren't panicking

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wonders whether Rondo can crack the Lakers' defense.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg and ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin detail both sides of the debate over Garnett's play. Forsberg also argues the Celtics need to forget about their Game 1 loss.

--The Boston Globe's Christopher L. Gasper believes the series will be decided by defense.

--ESPN.com's Scoop Jackson argues Garnett lacked rhythm in Game 1.

--ESPN Boston's Peter May believes Gasol's assessment of Garnett was accurate.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy details how the Celtics plan to bounce back from Game 1.

--Sports Illustrated's Joe Posnanski calls Celtics forward Paul Pierce the "Jedi Knight of hoops."

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears details how Ray Allen's foul trouble hurt his Game 1 performance.

--Celtic Blog's Jeff Clark lists five reasons why Boston can win Game 2.

Tweet of the Day:@RealLamarOdom "Coach Wooden - Great Man" -- DuranLA (Lakers forward Lamar Odom to 710 ESPN's Beto Duran).

Video Caption Comment of the Day: "Chris: " hey Kobe wanna be on my new tv show Everybody Hates Boston ?? " Kobe: " hmm...I wonder whats Shaq doin' right now..heh..heh..prob fishin'" -- BongoAlx

Reader Comment of the Day:"WAS IT A WISE COMMENT BY PAU TO INFURIATE GARNETT? Or is there a truth to Pau's comment that KG has lost a step? There was none better than Magic at always praising his opponents with a smile and come game time ready to go after the jugular." -- FAR SIDE

--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 forward Lamar Odom fights for possession of the ball against Boston's Ray Allen, Glen Davis and Kevin Garnett in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times


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