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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 2 of Lakers-Celtics series

June 6, 2010 | 12:00 pm

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mark Heisler details how the late John Wooden touched everyone involved with basketball, including the Lakers.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan documents Pau Gasol's progression.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers need to re-sign Derek Fisher this off-season.

--The Times' Broderick Turner mentions Phil Jackson's hope that neither team collects a lot of fouls in Game 2.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande shows how Ron Artest has fit in with the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Kevin Arnovitz argues Gasol's statements about Kevin Garnett's game are accurate.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard explains how Bryant's game has evolved.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues it is Lamar Odom's turn to redeem himself from the 2008 NBA Finals loss to Boston.

--Fox Sports lists 5 questions for Game 2.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists five things to watch for in Game 2.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen explains how Andrew Bynum's presence has positively impacted the Lakers' rotation.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes Phil Jackson will return next season to coach the Lakers if they win the title.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller documents Bryant's laser-beam focus.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers shouldn't overreact to their Game 1 win.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains how Gasol has overcome the "soft" label.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford features the reflections shared by the Lakers on Wooden. He also explains why Lakers forward Pau Gasol is upset with ESPN.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius predicts and details the adjustments we'll see in Game 2.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark shares his NBA Finals experience.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears showcases how Bynum has properly paced himself for the NBA Finals.

Celtics links

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow reports Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau will coach the Chicago Bulls.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore suggests the Celtics should take note of Larry Bird's fiery criticism of his teammates that was credited for helping the team defeat the Lakers in 1984 NBA Finals.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg keys in on what the Celtics need to do to take Game 2.

--ESPN Boston's Peter May has a detailed practice report.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy details how Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has molded the team.

--The Boston Globe's Frank Dell’Apa highlights Pierce's belief that the Celtics will play better in Game 2.

--ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan highlights Tony Gaffney's memories with the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen lists Boston's point-guard play as the most important factor in Game 2.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer explains how Gasol got the better of Garnett in Game 1.

Tweet of the Day: "The accomplishments & lasting legacy of Coach John Wooden's life are a formidable reminder of a life well lived." -- kaj33 (Former Lakers and UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Reader Comment of the Day: "John Wooden is a consummate teacher both on the basketball court as well in real life including 0rdinary individuals. His book, Pyramid of Success is used by companies as training tool for their sales force because its principles applies at any product or at any age. How many individuals today are moved by the death of John Wooden? Yes, he has lived full length of life at age 99, and yet people for asking for more encore from John Wooden, 7 decades with JW is too short. They don't want to end the world of John Wooden's - Life is Good. Unfortunately, nobody is immortal. His flesh may be gone but his legacy lives on." - Edwin Gueco

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Kobe Bryant has his shot challenged by Celtics forward Paul Pierce during Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Credit: Robyn Beck / Getty Images


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