'The Celtics are in the way'

The Lakers are have to play tougher than in 2008 if they want a shot at beating Boston

Updated: May 30, 2010, 11:40 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX -- The Lakers have won three of every four playoff games during their run to the NBA Finals by polishing their skills, executing X's and O's and sticking to a game plan.

They sprinted back to stop the Thunder's transition offense and sharpened their shot selection in Round 1. They plugged up the pick-and-roll and took control of the 3-point line against the Jazz in Round 2. And they did a bit of all of those things against the Suns (and figured out how to attack a zone defense ...

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