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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 3 of Lakers-Celtics series

June 8, 2010 | 10:21 am

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Lakers links

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers plan to use more of their size in Game 3.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner talks with assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who says the Lakers need to pass the ball better in Game 3.

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke explains the dichotomy that is Lamar Odom and wonders if his game will come back.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler doesn't like how the NBA Finals have gone with all the whistles. Writes Heisler: "This is not a fluke and it's not a critique of the referees. It's a critique of the league that has changed the way the officials call games in its quest for more and better oversight."

-- The Times' Lisa Dillman looks at what numerous NBA players are writing on Twitter. Dillman also highlights how Andrew Bynum has managed to overcome his injured right knee.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details Pau Gasol's growth as a player.

-- Fox Sports' Todd Behrendt predicts an angry Kobe Bryant will make the difference in Game 3.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore highlights the difficulties the Lakers have in winning at Boston, but explains why the goal is attainable.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr mentions that the TV ratings for the NBA Finals have been strong.

-- The Daily News' Phil Collin reports Bynum's belief that the Lakers must win at least two games in Boston.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes Kobe Bryant is in for a big night in Game 3.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the last five minutes of the Lakers' poor execution in their Game 2 loss.

-- Hardwood Paroxysm's Rob Mahoney reviews a sequence in Game 2 that defines Ron Artest's poor decision-making, a phrase that's been uttered and written all too often when describing the Lakers' off-season addition.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi explains the importance of the Lakers winning Game 3.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton remains befuddled on how unpredictable this series has become.

-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes the Lakers are in danger of losing the Finals.

-- Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen provides his take on what the Lakers need to fix in Game 3.

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker hands out an NBA Finals report card. Whicker also details Shannon Brown's growth.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius breaks down the last five minutes of Game 2.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das lists a few bullet points about the series thus far.

Celtics links

-- TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down Ray Allen's hot shooting night.

-- The Times' Baxter Holmes examines Doc Rivers' coaching tactics, and how he has keyed the Celtics' playoff run. He also credits Nate Robinson's contributions.

-- The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow focuses on Pierce's proclamation to Lakers fans at Staples Center that the Celtics will close out the series in Boston.

-- The Boston Herald's Ron Borges tackles the misperceptions about some of the story lines surrounding the NBA Finals.

-- The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley details how the Celtics are still seething over their January loss at home to the Lakers.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins credits Rivers' effort to call a timeout by charging nearly to the free-throw line.

-- The Boston Globe's Gerry Callahan looks at what's ailed Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

-- The Boston Globe's Frank Dell’Apa details how Boston's success in this series depends on its backcourt.

-- ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg explains what the Celtics need to do to win Game 3. He also shares his list of the Celtics' All-Time Franchise.

-- The Boston Globe's Christopher L. Gasper expects the Celtics to play even better at home.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby suggests the Celtics shouldn't complain about their three consecutive home games. After all, it's Red Auerbach's fault for suggesting this format in the first place.

-- Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence argues the officiating has ruined the Finals.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller calls Boston forward Paul Pierce "foolish."

-- The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan argues teams should stop complaining about the officiating. But he still takes the referees to task in not meeting his criterion of a well-officiated game: "To promote the smooth flow of the game."

-- The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn argues the NBA should change the 2-3-2 Finals format.

-- CelticsBlog's Jeff Clark describes Ray Allen's game "beautiful" and "breathtaking."

Tweet of the Day: "My pro-Boston flight just landed in Logan. I had Kevin McHale in front of me, Bob Ryan behind me and the attendant said, 'Go Celtics' twice." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Video Caption Comment of the Day: "So ... ummm ... the next time Jack Nicholson gets upset he can just run onto the court, right? I mean, that is the presidence we're establishing here, right? Kevin Garnett can clearly hit the ball out of bounds on instant replay and it's off the Lakers and Doc Rivers can run on court and it's not a technical. I just want to understand these new rules." -- Jon K

Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers can't go in with too much emotion. They have to bee even keeled the whole game. If they can do this, and just keep on trucking along, they have a bit more of chance of winning tomorrow." -- johnny

Radio interview

I previewed Game 3 of the Lakers-Celtics series with 1430 ESPN Radio's Paul Swearengin

Mark Medina ESPN Radio June 8


-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to get around Celtics guard Tony Allen on a drive by ducking under his arm in the fourth quarter of Game 2 on Sunday. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.


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