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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Boston Celtics

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reflects on the Lakers' 2010 NBA Finals win over Boston.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' inconsistency.

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes Shaq has shown his true colors by joining the Celtics. Heisler also ranks Boston as the league's best team.

--The Daily Breeze's Vincent Bonsignore argues the Celtics game will be a good barometer of the Lakers' progress. Bosignore also details the extra work the Lakers put in Saturday's practice.

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman provides his take on Kobe Bryant's clutch shooting.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky talks to Lakers guard Steve Blake about how he didn't even watch Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen looks at the challenges the Celtics bring to the Lakers. Lassen also highlights the progression of Lakers forward Luke Walton.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe lists five things to watch in the Lakers-Celtics game.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the big men will make the difference in the Lakers-Celtics matchup.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore lists 10 things about the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders how the Lakers' front line will match up with Boston.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski previews the Lakers-Celtics game.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen explains how the Celtics kept their personnel.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers' laziness could cost them in the postseason.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore reflects on the Lakers-Celtics rivalry.

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Tweet of the Day: "Doc Rivers, done leaving $$ in Staples to reclaim in June: No. I don't trust the security here anymore. San Antonio? We're going to see."-- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I hope this game is taken seriously by our Lakers today. Let's face it ... the Lakers can't be 'the Lakers' unless our boys are motivated to play at that playoff level and that winning attitude they have during the playoffs.... I want to see a preview on how we will take advantage of our size...I want to see our domination over their bigs, Perkins, Shaq and KG.... We know how to beat this team, it's just up to see how much our team wants this game..." -- LEWSTRS

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant runs the length of the court to join his teammates for a celebration after defeating Paul Pierce (34) and the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

 
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What does this game mean? Not much, but not nothing. It is a measuring stick game.


Honestly, it won't tell us who will win in June. It won't tell us who is a better team. We all know this - REGARDLESS WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS GAME BOTH THESE TEAMS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO WIN A TITLE.


So what it will measure is which team, right now, is executing better, playing harder, closer to being the team they need to be in playoffs. That's an interesting measure. Of course, it may be more of a motivator for the loser than the winner. So the outcome is not at all predictive.


So that's it. We get a mid-season measure of two of the four teams likely to win the title (Heat, Spurs). Oh, and tasteless, ignorant, and obnoxious blog bragging rights.

Lew .. congrats!

Go Lakers!

AW HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RCOTD = LEWSTRS = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

AW HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RCOTD = LEWSTRS = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!

LEWS- Dude congrats on the TIRED RCOTD, Believe it or NOT.. the Lakers want this GAME BADDDDLY. It's just the other TEAM is just BETTER at this point in the season. Not saying it'll be the same when they meet in BOSTON, I think they'll show some STONES later in the season.

BUT today LAKERHOLIC just have to BEND OVER and GRUUUNT, it only HURTS when you SMILE. You know like Christmas DAY, YEAH BABY.

Congrats Lew for the RCOTD, and I couldn't agree more. I want our boys to REALLY want this game, especially Pau. I'd love to see Pau up his game and play at the same level of intensity that he did during the Boston-Lakers series. I'd love for Bynum to smack Perkins around and make baby Davis cry.

I also want to voice my displeasure with what Mark Heisler wrote today - what a tool. He makes it sound like we have no chance against the Celtics and that we're cowering in the shadow of their height and bulk. Puhlease! Jermain O'Neal is next to a useless signing for them thus far. Shaq has his own ailments. Perkins just came back and after that initial adrenaline of coming back after a long injury, the reality of lack of conditioning and basketball timing will kick in. He needs time to get back in the swing of things.

Bynum on the other hand is getting his conditioning and timing back. I'm sure between Drew, Pau and Odom (oh, throw in Theo into that mix too) we can handle the Celtics front court.

The only question is, do the Lakers want it badly enough to execute well on offense and defense? Or will they want it too much that they start making boneheaded plays? We'll see..... so bring on the Celtics green globlins....

LEWSTERS... Congrats on another Friedman.
...................................
TOM


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