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NBA Playoffs, Lakers Suns Game 1: Andrew Bynum's knee continues to be a pain

May 15, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bynumblock.jpgNobody thinks a week off between the end of the Lakers/Jazz series and the start of the Lakers/Suns series was a good idea (it was even a day longer for the Suns). Well, the NBA league offices think it’s a good idea, but nobody logical.

The Lakers were at least hoping to get one good thing out of it — Andrew Bynum’s knee would get some rest. He would come back stronger.

Nope. Bynum said his knee is continually feeling worse the more he plays.

The good news, relatively, is that it’s not getting worse. He hasn’t practiced with the team, so the knee is the same. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground… same as it ever was.

Bynum says he can play through it. Thing is, his minutes likely would have been reduced some this series as the Lakers leaned more on the more mobile Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom anyway. The Lakers would still have their size advantage inside but can defend the pick and roll better with that pair.

Bynum likely will spend most of his time on the just back from injury Robin Lopez in a battle of the hobbling big men.

  1. gman - May 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    What a sorry excuse for an article.

  2. lakeshow - May 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Ha. Agreed.

  3. Omnius - May 16, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Andrew Bynum had to benefit from a week off, as well as Kobe, for allowing his sore knee to rest. Lakers are going to whip up on the arizona Setting Suns and win the series in 5 games.
    I think the author is way off base thinking that the NBA league officials thought it was good for 3 series to end in sweeps, they obviously wanted more games to be played for more money to be earned by the NBA.

  4. TonyDogs - May 16, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Bynam’s knee will improve marginally with rest. Which means the swelling will go down — until he starts playing again. Rest won’t make that injury better; only surgery can do that.

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