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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 6 of Lakers-Celtics series

June 15, 2010 | 10:34 am


Lakers links

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines what the Lakers need to do to turn the series around.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner looks at how the Lakers are maintaining a positive attitude heading into Game 6.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler compares this series to the 1969 NBA Finals.

-- The Times' Lisa Dillman provides a medical update on Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

-- FanHouse's Sam Amick wonders if Ron Artest will become the Lakers' version of Bill Buckner.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues that there are a few positive things the Lakers can take away from Game 5.

-- ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard thinks the Lakers may be too consumed with Game 7 while playing Game 6.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers will benefit from having home-court advantage.

--'s Scoop Jackson predicts that Kobe Bryant's play the rest of the series will define part of his legacy.

-- Former Laker Magic Johnson gives his keys to Game 6 in the video below.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky argues that plenty of the Lakers' legacies are on the line Tuesday night.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists what the Lakers need to do to win Game 6.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel believes Bynum is the key to the series.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix argues the Lakers need more from Artest.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the Lakers' saying the right things mean nothing.

-- The Daily News' Jill Painter profiles Lakers team attendant Jason Wagers.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton thinks the Lakers haven't played championship-caliber basketball yet.'s Shaun Powell argues this series has lacked a signature moment.

-- Former Lakers assistant and current Timberwolves Coach Kurt Rambis tells Dan Bareirro on KFAN in Minneapolis that Pau Gasol has looked tired.

-- The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan remains impressed with Bryant's performance in Game 5 but believes not many will remember it.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne provides an update on Phil Jackson's possible coaching future.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford observes the Lakers' level-headed approach heading into Game 6.

-- Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues that the Lakers need to make a lot of changes in Game 6. Thomsen also explains in the video below how the Lakers can win Game 6.

--The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon believes the Lakers are flirting with disaster.

--Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports Bryant cursed out his teammates following the Game 5 loss.'s Sekou Smith says the Lakers' legacies are in danger.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius believes "there’s an eerie familiarity to what’s currently happening in the NBA Finals. Much like the 2008 match up between the Lakers and the Celtics, the Lakers look a bit befuddled on offense while their defense is coming up short at inopportune times."

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore previews Game 6.'s Mike Trudell compares the team's production in the paint at home and on the road.


Celtics links

-- The Times' Baxter Holmes explains why it's going to be tough for Boston to close out the series in Game 6. Holmes also details the adversities Boston guard Ray Allen has experienced this series.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck credits Doc Rivers for embracing the Celtics' tradition.

-- The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow also details the Celtics' spotty record in close-out games.'s Fran Blinebury believes history is on the Celtics' side.

-- The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett wants people to stop griping about the officiating.

-- The Boston Herald's Gerry Callahan believes Rivers will leave after the season.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins notes that the Celtics were not offended when they heard that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson told his team that Boston blows fourth-quarter leads.

-- The Boston Herald's Dan Duggan likes Kevin Garnett's leadership.

-- ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg outlines wht to watch for in Game 6.

-- The Boston Globe's Christopher Gasper believes the Finals are far from over.

--The Washington Post's Michael Lee credits the Celtics' teamwork.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins looks at Pierce's resurgent play.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues Rivers has outcoached Jackson.

-- ESPN Boston's Peter May reports the Celtics are treating tonight's game as if it's Game 7.

-- The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy observes the Celtics' confidence heading into Game 6.'s John Schuhmann argues the Celtics are in control of the series.

-- The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy looks at Finals in which the Celtics have clinched the title on the road.

--The Boston Herald's Laurel J. Sweet reports a local teacher and Celtics fan went undercover to bust a con artist after getting scammed out of a ticket.

Tweet of the Day: "Just picked Phil up at the airport. He is concerned but upbeat. Fellow Lakers fans let's stay optimistic and LOUD!" -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Reader Comment of the Day:The problem is not that the Lakers can't beat the Celtics. The problem is that the lakers player don't think they can. All along, I've felt that this team has the power to beat the celtics, but when times get tough they fold. Maybe this was becuase they were playing 3 games in Boston, but mentally they need to snap out of this by tomorrow. They need to all start believing again just like us fans believe in them. - jac

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Photo: Coach Phil Jackson diagrams a play for the Lakers during a timeout late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 on Sunday night in Boston. Credit: Charles Krupa / Associated Press.

Photo: Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who finished with a team-high 27 points, declares to fans "one more win" for an NBA title after Boston defeated the Lakers, 92-86, in Game 5 on Sunday to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.