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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 96-89 Game 4 loss to Boston Celtics

June 11, 2010 | 10:00 am


Game stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes the Lakers' 96-89 Game 4 NBA Finals loss Thursday to the Boston Celtics resembled their poor play in the 2008 Finals.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck credits the Celtics' bench.

--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow captures the Celtics' emotion.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett didn't think the game was pretty.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins points to the Celtics bench as the difference.

--The Washington Post's Michael Lee also centers his story around Boston's bench.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford dissects the Lakers' poor defense.


-- The Daily News' Teaford reports Lakers Coach Phil Jackson plans to visit his doctor a week after the NBA Finals end, which will largely play into whether he will coach again next season.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Calkins breaks down what Bynum's injury meant to the team, the technical fouls and why Shannon Brown thought the team fell apart.


-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers forward Lamar Odom didn't fill Bynum's shoes.

-- The Times' Lisa Dillman credits the contributions made from Boston's bench.

-- The Times' Baxter Holmes details how Boston forward Paul Pierce turned his game around.

--The Boston Herald's Ron Borges looks at Boston's fourth-quarter turnaround.

--The New York Times' Beck focuses on Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, and his coaching style.

--Sports Illusrated's Chris Mannix explains why Bryant couldn't bail out the Lakers. He also shares his player-by-player report card.

-- The Daily News' Jill Painter spent some time at a Lakers party.

--The Boston Globe's Nate Taylor breaks down Pierce's improved game. Taylor also mentions that Nate Robinson has earned Doc Rivers' trust.

-- The Daily News' Teaford details why the Lakers struggled stopping the Celtics' bench.


-- The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Celtics victory gives them a strong chance to contend for the title.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers remains impressed with Bynum's toughness.

-- Former Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy argues in The Times that Boston's bench made the difference.

--'s J.A. Adande details how the Lakers struggled without Bynum.

--The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley looks at the Celtics' "babies."

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding faults Odom for not compensating for Bynum's absence.

-- Former Laker Rick Fox says at ESPN Los Angeles that the Lakers had no answer for Boston's bench.

--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg likes the Celtics' energy.

--Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman expresses amusement about the Celtics' energy.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill calls this series unpredictable.

--'s John Hollinger describes Boston's Game 4 victory as "ugly."

--Fox Sports' Mitch Lawrence wonders who will fill Bynum's void.

ESPN Boston's Peter May documents Pierce's turnaround performance.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin credits Tony Allen's defense on Kobe Bryant.

-- The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton thinks the Lakers missed a huge opportunity in taking control of the series.

--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues the Lakers should worry about their current situation.

--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan loves Big Baby's play.

--The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy break down the Celtics' reserves.

--'s Chris Sheridan praises the Celtics' bench.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen sees plenty of things to like from Boston's Game 4 effort.

--Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel wants more out of Odom.


-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark factors in how desperation came into play in Game 4.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius believes this series has come down to execution.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer breaks down some numbers.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the game.

--Celtic blog's Greg Payne focuses on the bench.

--Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski looks at Big Baby's increased maturity.

Tweet of the Day: Big Baby's making Gerber out of the Lakers." -- matt_Calkins (Riverside Press-Enterprise columnist Matt Calkins).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Odom is the Scarecrow. No brain. Artest is the Tin Man. Jumps like he's made of metal. Gasol is the Cowardly Lion. Afraid to grab the ball, swing your elbows, clear space, get tough." -- conTROLL Man

-- Mark Medina in Boston

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson realize their fate has been sealed in a Game 4 loss to the Celtics on Thursday night in Boston. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.