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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 5 of Lakers-Celtics series

June 13, 2010 | 11:30 am


Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan wonders how Lakers center Andrew Bynum will look in Game 5 Sunday night against Boston.

--The Times' Broderick Turner notes Lamar Odom's serious demeanor during Saturday's media session.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke wants more from Kobe Bryant.

--The Times' Mark Heisler compares this series to the 1984 and 1985 NBA Finals.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams looks at how Boston is defending Bryant. Abrams also details the frustrations Bynum's experiencing with his injury.

--True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down the good and the bad from Odom.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore stresses that Odom and Ron Artest must have big games Sunday night.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding respects how Bynum has fought through his injury.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wants Bryant to shoot more.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky looks at who the Greatest Lakers of All Time might be, adding Bryant's own two cents.

--The Washington Post's Michael Lee says the Lakers need production from Bynum and Odom in Game 5.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at the relationship between Bryant and Derek Fisher.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller thinks this Finals series is ugly.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton explains why Artest doesn't wear his emotions on his sleeve anymore. Patton also looks at the Lakers' and Celtics' contrasting styles.'s Sekou Smith is trying to figure out Odom.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford has more on Bryant's take that Jerry West is the best Laker. Teaford also focuses on Bynum's injury.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen points to Bynum as the key to Game 5.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski gives his take on what the Lakers-Celtics rivalry means.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders what other plot twists will happen this series.


Celtics links

--The Times' Lisa Dillman looks at how Boston has reinvented itself.

--The New York Times' Harvey Araton highlights Nate Robinson's growth.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow details Glen Davis' growth. Benbow also looks at the bench's contributions.

--ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard argues the Celtics' team effort will be needed to ensure a Finals victory.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg lists five keys to Game 5.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges wants more from the Big 3.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett explains why Boston is happy it locked guard Rajon Rondo into a long-term deal.

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence credits Doc Rivers' coaching.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy compares and contrasts the current Celtics to the 1968-69 team.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy looks back at the 1984 NBA Finals.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears says Rivers' and Jackson's futures in coaching could hinge on the NBA Finals' outcome.

Tweet of the Day: "Champ's Sports store in Boston has several Celtics jerseys, LeBron, Nash, Rose, CP3 and Wade. No Kobe, not surprisingly." -- LakersReporter ('s Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I was just wondering why don't the Lakers try and run after Celtics misses and get some easy buckets. We are just sticking with that half court game and allowing them to lock down on us. Like Kobe said if his teaammates are not hitting outside shots there is not much space for him to operate. However, Kobe you need to get the ball from the top of the key to have more options." -- island priest

-- Mark Medina, in Boston

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Photos, from top: Lakers forward Lamar Odom lends guard Kobe Bryant a hand near the end of Game 4 on June 10, 2010. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times. Bryant, who was called for the blocking foul, heads to the court as Boston forward Paul Pierce scores on a play inside during the fourth quarter. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times