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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 102-89 Game 1 victory over Celtics

June 4, 2010 | 10:34 am


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes the Lakers set the tone with a 102-89 Game 1 NBA Finals victory Thursday over the Boston Celtics.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams credits Kobe Bryant for getting others involved.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow chalks up the Celtics' loss to their bad start.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers' toughness.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen points to the Lakers' refusal to back down as being instrumental against Boston.

--The Washington Post's Michael Lee believes the Lakers have more satisfaction playing Boston in the Finals instead of the Orlando Magic.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details the Lakers' physical play.


--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Ron Artest's strong offensive and defensive performance.

--The Boston Globe's Benbow reports Celtics guard Ray Allen wasn't thrilled with the officiating.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr features Pau Gasol's interest in tennis.

--The Daily News' Phil Collin and Teaford explain why Artest is still coming to grips with playing in the NBA Finals.

--The Daily News' Jon Gold details how Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has changed to a new role.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen looks at how the Lakers' reserves in the team's Game 1 victory.


--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Gasol's contributions as well as Andrew Bynum's efforts.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman breaks down the matchup between Gasol and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes details how Boston turned out to be the slower team.

--The Daily News' Collin thought Lakers center Bynum didn't miss a beat in Game 1, despite the torn cartilage in his right knee.

--The Daily News' Gold highlights how the Celtics struggled on the glass.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler details how the Celtics' frontcourt got manhandled


--The Times' Bill Plaschke contrasts the Lakers' Game 1 Finals performance to how they fared in the 2008 Finals against Boston.

--The Times' T.J. Simers already feels bored with this series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler thinks the Lakers are doing all the right things.

--The Times' Diane Pucin analyzes the ABC broadcast.'s J.A. Adande notices how the Lakers learned their lesson from the 2008 Finals loss to Boston.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard credits Artest for playing with high energy while maintaining his composure.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore believes the Lakers will end this series sometime in Boston.

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard credits the Celtics' loss to their failure to play well inside.

--Apparently there is an app for that. The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins discovered the iPau.

--The Orange County Register's Ding notices how the chemistry between Bryant and Gasol has evolved for the better.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg blames Boston's loss on poor rebounding.

--Former Laker Rick Fox writes in ESPN Los Angeles that Artest's tussle with Pierce at the beginning of the game immediately set the tone for the Lakers' win.'s Scott Howard-Cooper showcases how Gasol played much differently in Game 1 than in the 2008 Finals.

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel argues Gasol dominated Garnett.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the nuts and bolts of the game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin thinks the Lakers made their win look easy.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes Gasol made a statement game.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton likes the Lakers' effort.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus provides a detailed breakdown of the game.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues Boston needs more from Rasheed Wallace in Game 2.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan credits the Lakers for managing to win in an ugly game.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy argues the Celtics were outplayed in every aspect of the game.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen notices how much the Lakers and Celtics essentially pulled role reversals from the 2008 to 2010 Finals.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker noticed Garnett's disappearing act.


--True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down Gasol's game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the game, analyze some numbers and present post-game video.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius points to the various team contributions as being instrumental to the Lakers' victory.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore argues the Lakers made the Celtics appear soft.

--Pro Basketball Talk's John Krolik details how the Lakers' shut down Celtics guard Rondo.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore remained impressed with Gasol's block on Garnett.'s Sekou Smith explains how Allen's foul trouble disrupted Boston's game plan.

Tweet of the Day: "Quote I never thought I'd hear from Coach Doc Rivers: "They killed us on the glass. I thought they were by far the the more physical team." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers reporter )

Reader Comment of the Day: "I don't want to get too excited about this, we have 3 left to go. But this game answered all of the questions that needed to be asked. Can Bynum play? Can Gasol beat KG? Can Rondo be an offensive threat that will occupy Kobe? Do we have a bench? YES! YES! NO! YES! etc. The Celts will, sorry, cross that off, can win a game or two this series. But can they adjust enough? You guys tell me." -- phred

Radio Interview

---I previewed Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the audio file below with Sportsline's Travis Jones, Chip Fontanazza and Greg Hunter on MetroNews (based in Charleston, W.Va.)


-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol slams the ball for a crucial basket in the fourth quarter of Game 1 on Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times