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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 89-67 Game 6 victory over Boston Celtics


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers dominated the Celtics on Tuesday in their 89-67 Game 6 victory.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow calls the Celtics' effort a "Hollywood flop."

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding contrasts the Lakers' Game 6 performance with their poor play in Game 5.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen says the Lakers' swagger made the difference.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy explains why the Celtics had trouble closing out the series.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford believes the Lakers will win the championship if they duplicate their Game 6 performance.


--The Times' Bresnahan highlights the contributions from Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

--The Boston Globe's Benbow and Frank Dell'Apa detail Kendrick Perkins' injury.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr tells why Derek Fisher doesn't believe in leprechauns.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen keys in on the Lakers' rebounding advantage.

--The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy focuses on the Celtics' poor rebounding.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why history is not on the Lakers' side in winning the title.


--The Times' Broderick Turner explains what led to Lakers forward Ron Artest having a turnaround game.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman gives back the Lakers' reserves their "Bench Mob" nickname.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes highlights the contention from Glen "Big Baby" Davis that the Celtics will win Game 7. Holmes also focuses on how Perkins' injury affected Boston.

--The Daily News' Phil Collin credits the effort from the Lakers' bench.


--The Times' Bill Plaschke notices that the Lakers played out of desperation.

--The Times' T.J. Simers takes Jeff Van Gundy to task for his contention that the media don't fully recognize Kobe Bryant's talent.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notes how typical it is for Lakers-Celtics Finals match-ups to go seven games.

--Former Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy argues in The Times that the Lakers won Game 6 because of teamwork.'s J.A. Adande looks at how this game had added meaning for Artest.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore isn't surprised by how competitive this series is.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett criticizes the Celtics for doing everything the hard way.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins highlights the Lakers' pride.

--The Orange County Register's Ding believes that the Lakers will win Game 7.

--Former Laker Rick Fox explains at ESPN Los Angeles why home-court advantage makes such a difference.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg wonders if the Celtics will draw inspiration from Perkins' injury.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden credits the Lakers' team effort

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi calls the Lakers-Celtics Game 7 Finals match-up a "dream come true."

--ESPN Boston's Peter May faults the Celtics' bench and poor rebounding.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin thinks the Lakers look like a championship-caliber team.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller likes the Lakers' attitude.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton explains what caused the Lakers' bench to wake up.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan faults the Celtics for not showing up.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy believes that the only thing going in the Celtics favor is their favorable history.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne looks at how the Lakers are trying to put the 2008 Finals loss behind them.'s Chris Sheridan reports that Perkins won't play in Game 7.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen believes that it's fitting the Finals will go to seven games, considering the Lakers-Celtics history. He also gives his take in the video below on who the Finals MVP will be.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker focuses on the Lakers' bench.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski expects a classic in Game 7.


--True Hoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down the Lakers' defense in Game 6.

--Celtic Blog's Jeff Clark faults Boston's rebounding effort.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius credits the Lakers' energy.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore highlights the Lakers' defensive efficiency.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky credits the Lakers' team effort.'s Mike Trudell explains why the Lakers were clicking on all cylinders.

Tweet of the Day: "Boston’s Glen "Big Baby" Davis on Game 7: “I can’t wait. I can’t wait to step up on the floor and win here in L.A.” -- KevinDing (Orange County Register Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding)

Reader Comment of the Day: May this serve as a lesson to all Laker fans: never give up on your team. The only thing certain is that one team is gonna be awfully heartbroken on Thursday night, and methinks it's gonna be Boston. -- EJK

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers fans show their support outside Staples Center before the start of Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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game 7 is for Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Jack Kent Cooke Posted by: You Ever Notice | June 16, 2010 at 01:45 PM
You hit the nail on the head with that one bro.



I can feel for Perkins on the personal level, but I can't feel bad for the Celtics as a team.

We've had to play with one center tied behind our backs for the whole Finals. Now they know what it feels like. They don't get any slack just because they lost Perkins.

Mark G,

Maybe you didn't see my response... baseball season, ha ha

But seriously, no Perkins is an advantage for the Lakers other than some fluke stuff like one of the KBros was asking Doc about (Rockets without Yao)

I've thought about this and maybe some of you guys can chime in on your thoughts.... game optimal strategy here:
If I'm Phil, I'm thinking down low to Pau & Bynum first several possessions. I'm looking to get them going + hopefully get their weakened frontline in foul trouble.

Flip side, if I'm Doc, I'm starting Rasheed for offensive purposes. I'm looking to run some screen rolls involving Ray Allen and/or Nate or Sheed. On defense, I'm definitely helping down low off of Ron Artest. I'll live with Ron Ron shooting outside. With the screen/roll offense, I expect the floor to open up for guys like KG and Sheed (which is why I think I go with Sheed to start)

Flipping it again, I'm definitely sticking to the strategy of letting Rondo score, BUT I have a feeling you're going to see sick amounts of screens for Allen to come off the ball plus screen roll stuff described above. If I'm Phil, I'm switching out those and if Rondo is in, I just let him go to the hoop or shoot.

Those first 10 minutes will decide a whole lot. If the Lakers get the Celts bigs in foul trouble, trophy stays in LA.

I guess I'm saying that I expect perimeter play from Boston tomorrow

I don't know, how do you guys see the strategy tomorrow?

The headband rumor: I've read that Rondo isn't the only one who does it and the reason they do it has more to do with the NBA in general than the logo/Jerry West. The NBA issues all uniform gear, so they just put the logo on everything. When headbands became really popular among the players, the NBA put the logo on that, too. In "protest" some players started wearing them with the logo upside down. You know, “sticking it to the man” or whatever. Hah.


I think your mixing me up with MarcB. I saw the Cooperstown line but I didn't Ding you for it.

Mark G

WELL.... you have had the hook inserted into your jaws and are now being dragged in front of the Mamba's altar. RENDER PRAISE you doubters. You haters. Wail and gnash your teeth. But render praise. Because it is deserved. Whether you like it or not. Posted by: justanothermambafan | June 16, 2010 at 01:54 PM
WOE IS ME !WOE IS ME! gnash, gnash, KOBE, KOBE, KOBE!
Two time Finals MVP's name is Kobe Bean Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
He has 4 Rings as of now if you really wanna Know
And after the game tomorrow he will have 1 more
5 Rings the same number that Magic has too
After tomorrow the greatest Laker will be who
Could it be Kareem or Magic or Jerry West
After the game tomorow Kobe will be the Best
So Bow down & give props to the new GOAT King
You done us proud we salute you Kobe Bean!


That actually makes a lot of sense. It seems a little fascistic for the NBA to determine every single clothing item you wear.

Still I like my rumor better.

So I'm watching the game yesterday and my wife asks me why I'm not hootin and hollering. She just didn't understand that when you watch this team and everything is clicking, there is a peaceful state of consciousness.

Of course there were moments where I jumped out of my seat, Farmar's dunk, Shannon's dunk, but for the most part I was tranquil.

The feeling continues today, I just feel the Lakers are destined to win this series because they represent all that's good about basketball.

I read about Perkins being out too, torn MCL. Don't let it change anything though, Lakers have to approach game 7 with the mindset that the Celtics are full strength... and leave it all out on the floor. Search and Destroy!!!

Mamba/Larry - I hope you have the very best of times on your sabbatical, however long it lasts. Recharge the batteries, get away from the computer screen. The game, the Lakers and the blog will be here whenever you choose to visit or return. The red carpet will no doubt roll out instantly. p.s. see if you can find us some undiscovered basketball prodigy while you're on the road.

Mamba24 - I'm the one who needs a vacation after reading that!

(We'll talk....)

MM - can I get Larry's email from you?

Anyone think that the Perkins announcement is just a ploy? That Perkins may show up in a wheelchair dressed in a suit? Then he proceeds to rip that suit off and starts doing the macarena in the middle of the floor right before the lineup announcements? I’m just asking…cause I wouldn’t put it past them!

Larry weren't you posting under your email address a couple of days ago?


That actually makes a lot of sense. It seems a little fascistic for the NBA to determine every single clothing item you wear.

Still I like my rumor better.

Posted by: Mark G (with a K) | June 16, 2010 at 02:12 PM

Definitely like your rumor better as well! Haha.

Sir, You are an Ambassador for sure Posted by: You Ever Notice | June 16, 2010 at 01:37 PM
HuH? Me? Thanks but...I'M NOT WORTHY! I'M NOT WORTHY! LOL!
For FISHER and KOBE, in every huddle they should shout ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, RINGS !!! Posted by: DaxxMD | June 16, 2010 at 01:39 PM
Yeah, and then for the final they can get in front of the Celtics Bench and say
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, RINGS!!! DAX I think that will work just fine! and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING.

Game 7 is especially for West and Baylor. no one knows game 7 heartaches like those two. however, "zeke from cabin creek" did get his ring. baylor didn't.....elg retired 9 games into that amazing 71-72 season. his freakin' knee wrapped like a freakin' mummy just to get on the court. now, i truly can respect 'drew 'cuz i know his knee is killing him. give us 20 minutes tomorrow night 'drew and we'll get you another RING! what do we play for? RINGS!

Listen team, I loved our performance last night. For any team to beat us last night would have required a level of basketball not frequently witnessed, but let me just be the voice of cautious optimism here:

As well as we played (and we played GREAT), a few misses here by us, a few makes here by them and even that game could have been competitive. It's like playing blackjack. when you're at a hot position, every card you need seems to be the one you get. but the next card, or the one before, may well have busted you, or even screwed up the whole deck.

What I'm saying is: Be prepared for an all out war tomorrow night. This series isn't over, the championship is not yet won. If we come in with the attitude that the hard work is behind us, and that every double down on 11 will turn to 21, then we are setting ourselves up for a surprise.

Lakers are going to have to work AS HARD AS THEY EVER HAVE to get this done. Even that might not be enough -- anything less and, who knows...


I'm thinking we'll see a few new wrinkles to the triangle plus defensive scheme.

1. Hi-Low Pick & Roll with Gasol & Kobe comes back into play as utilized against Utah.

2. I agree, dumping the ball into the Twin Towers will require double teams on either Gasol, Bynum or Both. Leaving the other open for easy dunks & layups; or Kobe, Derek or Artest open for mid-range shots and uncontested 3s.

3. Early Foul Trouble would be Great!!! However, the Refs are going to allow a lot more physical play in Game 7 traditionally. With that said, Kobe, Pau, Drew, LO, et al, MUST continue to ATTACK THE PAINT!!!!

4. Without Perkins, their bigs aren't thick, they're lean (with the exception of "Big Lard Butt" Davis). There will be more space available in the middle, allowing drive and kicks from Kobe and shuttle passes from Kobe, Derek & Pau. I expect an even greater disparity of points in the paint favoring the Lakers.

5. Ray Alien is one of 3 keys.

a. Driving him off the 3-point line and bodying up the 3s he does shoot will keep it to a minimum. 19 is fine, 32 isn't acceptable. Shannon Brown did a great job of stepping up for Derek's foul problems. We'll need more of it from him and I expect Derek to be a factor too.

b. Limiting Pierce's open shots is the 2nd key. Artest and Kobe, with a few minutes of Luke should keep him somewhat quiet.

c. Staying in front of Rondo is the 3rd. Kobe & Derek will continue to make him a jump shooter.

6. REBOUNDS, REBOUNDS, REBOUNDS!!!! Without Perkins, LO, Pau & Most Probably Drew will have Double Digit Rebounds in Game 7. With Offensive & Defensive Rebounding Dominance, the Keltics become a Half Court Team.

7. I agree, at least somewhat, that the Lakers will have to switch off some of the double screens set for Ray Alien and Paula Ingle-Poot Pierce. What remains to be seen is if the Refs are going to ignore the continuous moving screens K-Flea and the rest of the Keltic bigs set.

With the Refs allowing the Keltics to play their Cheap Shot D without repercussions (such as Paula Ingle-Poot's no-call trip of Gasol, K-Flea's no-call shove of Lamar after the whistle on his practice dunk, and Leprechaun-Head Rondo's no-call shove in Kobe's back as Shannon Brown finished the fastbreak that Gasol started just before Ingle-Poot tripped him), this will be a very physical, grind of a game.




Larry weren't you posting under your email address a couple of days ago?
Posted by: Mark G (with a K) | June 16, 2010 at 02:17 PM
Yeah, but heck if I know what thread. Thanks!

Bib Baby's words were music to my ears.

It's said that you see the real character of people when their backs are against the wall. Rondo's cheap shove of Kobe on the fastbreak, Pierce's trip of Gasol, and Baby's words reveal a tired team that may be a little frustrated the Lakers didn't just lay down like Celtics historically expect them to.

Boston's had a gutty, impressive run. I feel for any young man like Perkins who, whatever his faults, has worked hard and done all of the little things to make himself a valuable player, and misses the deciding game of the Finals to an injury. But I think they still believe they're the uncrowned champs because of KG's injury in 2009. They expect teams to lay down after a few knockdowns.

LA didn't and knocked Boston to the floor last night. Now, unlike their past Game 7s, Boston must finish at h9ome. Like LA in 2008 -- who got through the ENTIRE PLAYOFFS without their center -- they're playing down a key man.

They can of course win one game with a few hot hands and a ton of heart.

But Baby's words might have sealed LA's fate. He said the C's deserve to win it more, revealing a sense of Celtic Entitlement. If LA was not motivated by history and payback to match Boston's fire with fire, then they are now.

Thanks, Glen Davis.

@Mark G "Tim-4-Show

I think your mixing me up with MarcB. I saw the Cooperstown line but I didn't Ding you for it."

Tim-4-Show, it was me. I wasn't dinging you for it, I missed your followup. I still would've commented jokingly as a reference to MJ's short lived baseball career...

Mark G,

I like the "With a K"! I'm going to infringe on it and put "With a C" if it's all right with you...

you ever notice -

You OBVIOUSLY need to train your wife in the ways of Lakerholism.


Peace, nice post.....after tomorrow nights game, the celtics will be RESTING IN PEACE! HA HA. i'm so tired of these cheap-shot artists getting away with everything. from the climbing all over our backs while we're rebounding, tripping, shoving and you name it. i must admit it was weird to see perkins get hurt with 'drew over his back, must be poetic justice i guess, huh? TITLE NUMBER 16 tomorrow night. i would love to see a repeat performance from GAME 6, WOULDN'T YOU TOO?

Justa, I have something to share. We'll discuss after the season is over. Larry has something to do with it.

Justa, I have something to share. We'll discuss after the season is over. Larry has something to do with it. Posted by: Jeanette | June 16, 2010 at 03:03 PM
Noooooooooooo! Lol!

The feeling continues today, I just feel the Lakers are destined to win this series because they represent all that's good about basketball. Posted by: You Ever Notice | June 16, 2010 at 02:12 PM
I had that feeling yesterday and I have it today.

Justa, I have something to share. We'll discuss after the season is over. Larry has something to do with it. Posted by: Jeanette | June 16, 2010 at 03:03 PM
Noooooooooooo! Lol!

Posted by: Mamba24 | June 16, 2010 at 03:27 PM

Is Larry the object being shared? Lucky guy.

Seriously though, try not to vanish until after the parade Larry. At least till then.


Is Larry the object being shared? Lucky guy. Seriously though, try not to vanish until after the parade Larry. At least till then. by: wesjoenixon | June 16, 2010 at 03:39 PM
Being shared? Being stoned is more likely! Lol! It's just a normal vacation WesJoe, maybe a little bit extended but everybody needs to get away from all the technology and crap sometimes. Technology has been my life for over 15 years and time for a little smelling of the Roses. Basketball has been my life since i was a baby. My Father was a Bulls Fan and I a Lakers Fan. I've followed 10Rings career since he started in the NBA as an assistant coach with the Bulls and then replaced Doug Collins. Most of my greatest memories revolve around PJ. The Bulls two 3-Peats which filled my fathers heart with joy and burned mine since their first title was won against the Lakers. MJ Kobe comparison's this was an everyday thing in my household since Pop's was a Bulls fan and I a Lakers fan. To much basketball and to many memories, good and bad associated with it. Got to get away from sports for a lil while also. Never had what you call a real vacation as an Adult. So it's about time to treat myself before the next crash or Bubble comes. You Know the credit default swaps are still out there and the problem I hear is worst than before. So..have I depressed you enough? Lol! Man, can't wait for the Lakers to win that title.


When I was a kid my faher always talked about this mythical place called the High Sierras. It was always the High Sierras we were going to, and always the High Sierras we never managed to go to. Well, a few years ago my dad and I packed our bags and 30 years after the fact headed north to the High Sierras. And it was an amazing trip. We did the June Lake loop and went to Bodi and all those green places aroud there. It was an amazing trip and an amazing experience to finally scratch that itch created so long ago in those wee hours of youth.

So, where are you going?


Guys, its not a huge deal, but why is Kobe acting so smug these days. He use to be more open and saying that I llive for these momments and and cant wait to play. Now he is just a jerk at the stand and a Shitty Interview. With that all said I love the guy and hope he comes up big tomrrow night.

Go Lakers Back to Back how sweet!!!!


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