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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 4 of Lakers-Celtics series

June 10, 2010 | 11:02 am

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers benefited from defense and the playing by guard Derek Fisher in the Lakers' Game 3 NBA Finals victory over the Boston Celtics.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Fisher's close relationship with Kobe Bryant benefits the team.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick focuses on the hoopla over officiating.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore pleads for Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak to resign Fisher this offseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins highlights the relationship between Bryant and Fisher.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Lakers forwards Lamar Odom and Ron Artest must have huge nights in Game 4.

--Former Laker Rick Fox argues that people shouldn't be surprised with Fisher's heroics. He's done it time and time again throughout his career.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky has a detailed practice report.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Rob Mahoney wonders if the Lakers will play 1-2 pick-and-roll again.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues Ron Artest doesn't get enough credit for the job he's done on Paul Pierce.

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum shares memorable Lakers-Celtics tales.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Doc River's charge that Fisher is a flopper.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen notices a few trends in the first three games of the Finals.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton proposes that players call their own fouls.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller notices Lakers center Andrew Bynum loves Dunkin Donuts. Miller also tells the Lakers and Celtics to stop complaining about the officiating.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports rapper Beanie Sigel is a huge fan of Odom.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the progress Bynum has made with his right knee injury .

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das wonders who will get in foul trouble in Game 4.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski credits Fisher's intangibles.

Celtics links

--The Times' Mark Heisler doesn't like how Boston's Big Three are playing.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes reports that the officiating has upset Boston's mayor.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow highlights the various viewpoints on instant replay. Benbow also mentions that Pierce won't give Artest credit for his poor shooting numbers.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges wants more from Pierce.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg explains why Pierce isn't concerned about his poor shooting numbers.

--The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper blames Lakers Coach Phil Jackson for increasing the attention and pressure on the officiating.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin wonders if Boston can still limit Bryant.

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence thinks the Celtics are delusional in not acknowledging Artest's defensive presence .

--ESPN Boston's Peter May believes Kendrick Perkins has gotten lost in the shuffle.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy reports Ray Allen has gotten more sleep, so he feels more rested for Game 4.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan believes Allen will work to correct his poor Game 3 performance.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts that improved performances from Allen and Pierce won't be enough for the Celtics.

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports Celtics minority owner Jim Pallotta could receive a fine from NBA after having a verbal confrontation with league commissioner David Stern.

Tweet of the Day: "Quote of the day from Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, verbally beating up Fisher: "Besides flopping, he doesn't do a lot extra." Ouch." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Fish's layup will be remembered as the turning point in the series. It began with on the sideline when he reminded everyone, "if I told you we'd be up at this point in the 4th quarter at the beginning of the game, how would you feel?" Also the moment another future head coach stepped into prime time." -- VMan

-- Mark Medina, in Boston

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, bottom, goes in for a dunk after getting past Boston's Kevin Garnett, left, Ray Allen, top right, and Paul Pierce during Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 6, 2010. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


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