Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 7 of Lakers-Celtics series
Lakers links--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at Lakers Coach Phil Jackson's contention that an NBA Finals victory won't influence his decision on whether to return next season.
--The Times' Broderick Turner credits the play of Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic in Game 6.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that a Lakers championship now will determine whether they stay together long enough to win two more.
--The Times' Sam Farmer takes a look back at the 1962 NBA Finals.--The Times' Mark Heisler reflects on the 1969 NBA Finals.
--The Times' Joel Rubin and Patrick J. McDonnell report on the LAPD's efforts to prevent rioting and looting should the Lakers win Thursday night. The Times' editorial board appeals to Laker fans, urging them not to engage in violence, theft and destruction.
-- I highlight the increased ticket demand for Game 7.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore thinks Kobe Bryant's body of work will keep him established as one of the all-time greats but believes another title will add more to an already storied legacy.--Fox Sports' Todd Behrendt believes the outcome will come down to who wants it more.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins expects big things to happen in Game 7.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers must play poised.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer calls Lamar Odom tonight's X factor.--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky predicts a Lakers win.
--Former Laker Magic Johnson and former Celtic Kevin McHale recall what it's like to play in a Game 7 of a Lakers-Celtics Finals.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins lists key factors to tonight's game.
--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence thinks a lot is at stake Thursday night for Bryant's legacy.--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi charts how Andrew Bynum has matured through injuries.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' bench needs to replicate their Game 6 effort in Game 7.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller appreciates Bryant's thirst for winning championships.--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen gives his 10 keys to Game 7.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith explains why Bryant would consider the season a failure if the Lakers don't win the title.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears believes legends will be made tonight.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker thinks Lakers guard Derek Fisher is in for a big night.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius provides some quick-hit thoughts on Game 7.--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark breaks down Game 7.
Celtics links--The Times' Baxter Holmes looks at how Kendrick Perkins' injury will affect the Celtics.
--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow details how the Celtics plan to compensate for Perkins' absence. Benbow also believes Celtics guard Rajon Rondo needs to have a big night.
--The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley appreciates that Celtics guard Ray Allen's life doesn't revolve around his job.
--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett look at the increased roles Rasheed Wallace and Glen "Big Baby" Davis will have in Game 7.
--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg believes this is a big opportunity for Wallace .
--The Boston Globe's Marissa Lang and Alex Katz talk to Celtics fans about Game 7.--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel predicts the Celtics have a shot to win if they play as a team.
--ESPN Boston's Peter May argues the Celtics' performance will affect the team's place in franchise history.--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes the Celtics' reserves need to have a huge night.
--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy details how the Celtics are trying to cheer up Perkins.
--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy believes Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will never get to another Game 7 in the NBA Finals.
--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan argues the Big 3 need to have big performances in Game 7.
--The Boston Globe's Peter Schworm and Milton Valencia looks back at how past Celtics teams have handled Game 7 of the NBA Finals.--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen explains why the Celtics will win Game 7.
--Celtics Blog's tenaciousT looks at Boston's journey to the Finals.
Tweet of the Day: "Love that Rasheed Wallace is walking thru L.A. Live with a Flyers cap & t-shirt that says "I AM THAT DUDE" as MMA fans just stare" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Not only will the Lakers win tonight giving Phil [Jackson] his eleventh ring. But Phil will have surgery in the off season to add an 11th finger so he can wear all rings at the same time. Immediately after the game, Pau Gasol will fly off to South Africa and become Spain's goalie for their next match trying to become the first person in history to win a Title in two major sports, in the same month. Anyone can predict Kobe will be the series MVP. But only Fatty will predict that no one will present it to him because of jealousy. Bill Russell, Magic, and Stern will all refuse to do the ceremony, leaving the NBA to just wrap it up, put it into a box, and UPS it to his home. -- Fatty
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, tries to slap the ball away from Celtics guard Ray Allen during the first quarter in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.
Photo: Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, left, goes up for a shot against Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the second half in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.