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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 3: Bynum "tweaks" knee, says he is "questionable" for Game 4

Jun 9, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

Bynum_shot.jpgAndrew Bynum has been key for the Lakers this series, occupying and scoring some on Kendrick Perkins on offense (so Perk isn’t pushing Pau Gasol around) and protecting the rim on defense. He is the key reason the Celtics are shooting below 50 percent at the rim — on layups and putbacks — in the last two games.

He’s also hurt. Worse.

Bynum has been playing through a torn meniscus throughout this series, but said it got worse in Game 3, as Dave McMenamin reported at

Bynum said he first bothered the knee in the third quarter while chasing down a loose ball.

“I stopped real hard and I just felt like a twinge,” Bynum said. “I notified the training staff and everything so I came out then.”

“[I felt a twinge] again on that block on Perkins,” Bynum said. “I think it was just quick movements and sudden things I feel it and then the pain normally goes away and it did.”

Bynum also called himself questionable for Game 4 on Thursday.

Bynum only played three minutes in the fourth quarter, but Phil Jackson said that was more due matchups and the good play the Lakers were getting out of Lamar Odom — for the first time this series — than Bynum.

The Lakers will need an even better game from Odom on Thursday if Bynum is unable to go.

  1. Chris - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    The fact that Andrew Bynum has been playing on one leg this whole series is a testament to his heart. He is giving the Celtics fits in the middle and giving the Lakers a much needed presence that they sorely lacked in 2008. Rony Turiaf anyone…..bleech!!
    I just hope he doesn’t do anything too serious to injure himself permanently. The Lakers are clearly in the driver seat but if Bynum misses any games or minutes in this series it can shift in a heartbeat. I hope he has enough for at least 2 more games, that the Lakers end it in Boston and he can go home soak in the adulation that he deserves so far and heal quickly for next season. Hope Hope Hope!!!

  2. mikesporty - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Bynum will be fine… He’s been playing hurt all season long.

  3. BMSports - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Bynum has been doing a great job. Hopefully he can grit it out for 2 more games; as in 2008, without him in the line up…Lakers will have a hard time defeating the Celtics. And this is coming from an LA fan. I have torn my ACL & meniscus. Not fun. However, you never know when you will get to this stage again! Keep playin’!Remember Willis Reed, Michael Jordan with the flu, Kobe with torn ligaments in his finger, broken finger, knee injury & ankle injury! Time to get BIG and dominate the middle and bring the Championship to LA once gain!!!

  4. Lakersalldaway - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Bynum has had a lot of playing time since this injury which shows his heart and skill but having the heart and skill isnt everything. he needs to get better matchups against the celtics if we r hoping to win the series. so if we are to win again tonight i sugest that phil jackson put bynum in a place where he not only can play without tweaking his knee but also where he can do the most effective dammage to the celtics

  5. Omnius - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Andrew Bynum has shown a lot of heart and courage playing on his bum knee. Despite that limitation he has played fine in the playoffs and especially in the Finals. His length has really troubled Boston’s Little Big Men and hopefully he can gut out a few more games and help the Lakers win their 16th title. The Lakers need to get the ball into the post more to Gasol and Bynum, especially early in the game to Bynum while his knee feels good. I give Bynum a lot of credit playing with his injuries as well as Kobe. Odom is due for a really good game, hopefully it will be tonight. Just think that if Kobe and Bynum were healthy the series would be finishing up tonight with a Laker’s sweep. Lakers in 6 games though 5 would be Sweeter Revenge.

  6. Anonymous - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Another fabulous piece of writing by Kurt Helin!! I guess it’s cheaper for MSNBC to pay a non writer to post little “pop blogs” than to pay for any real writing. To make it official looking, Kurt puts “tweaks” in quotes, but the man himself says he felt a “twinge”. Close enough I guess. Is it a tweak or a twinge? For a post like this, who care about the details? Who said he is “questionable”? The team doctor? Helin copies a little quote and says Bynum “calls himself questionable”. Where? Since there is no real news here, it just serves as an intro to the real bait line about Odom. Bait and response. I guess that’s Helin’s game.

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