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Caught in the Web: Lakers go through intense practice to prepare for Miami

December 24, 2010 | 10:15 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains what's made the Miami Heat one of the sport's most scrutinized teams.

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on the star power on the Lakers and the Heat.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why the Lakers view their matchup with Miami as just another game.

--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman focuses on the Heat's role players.

--ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh compares Chris Bosh and Pau Gasol.

--Fox Sports Arizona's Randy Hill predicts the Heat found their identity with the win against Phoenix.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger dissects the Lakers' struggles. NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains why Ron Artest has found happiness with his decision to raffle off his championship ring for mental health charities.

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--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky details Thursday's practice with video.

--Lakers guard Derek Fisherappears on ESPN's SportsCenter in the video below on topics, including the Lakers-Heat game, playing on Christmas Day and the relationship between Phil Jackson and Andrew Bynum.

--Fox Sports' Brian Lowry argues there are too many NBA games on Christmas Day.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explores the interesting dynamic between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

--Fox Sports' Bill Reiter predicts the Lakers will prove the Heat aren't as good as they think they are.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardson looks at how the Lakers' perimeter defense will matchup with Miami.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains why it's hard for the Lakers to gear up for games.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts the Lakers will win on Christmas Day.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teafordfocuses on the Lakers' chance to have a full workout on Thursday.

--AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson highlights the Lakers' contention they'll be more ready for their Christmas Day game than in last year's loss to Cleveland.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews the Lakers-Heat game with ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman highlights Dwyane Wade'smeasured attitude about the Lakers' game.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explores Phil Jackson's unique but effective coaching approach in pacing his teams.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues NBA games aren't necessary on Christmas Day, but it still doesn't ruin the holiday.

--ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst explains Bryant through James' eyes.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das wonders if Bryant's the best 15-year player ever.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano has a love-hate relationship with Christmas Day games.

Tweet of the Day:"I don't think Christmas should be this stressful! LOL seriously the pressure... I'm going to pop LOL" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality TV star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day:The 80's were clearly the best. The 90's thru today are about the same. However, I will say the league hasn't had two teams as good as the Lakers and Celtics since the 80's. It's no coincidence that when they met for the 2010 championship it was only the second time since 1987 that two teams that teams that had won the championship (with the same core players) were playing in the finals. The other was Detroit-SA in 2005. One could argue that the reason it didn't happen in the 90's was because the Bulls were so dominant. I would say it was because the Bulls never played a foe as good as the current Laker or Celtic teams." -- LRob

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Heat guard Dwyane Wade talks to teammates Chris Bosh (1) and LeBron James (6) during a break in a 96-84 victory over New Orleans. Credit: Steve Mitchell / US Presswire


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