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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics Game 4: Andrew Bynum will play, now much remains to be seen

Jun 10, 2010, 7:44 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bynum_game1.pngUPDATE 7:44 pm: Andrew Bynum is out warming up with the team and is going to start Game 4 for the Lakers.

However, there are questions within the Lakers staff and locker room about how long he can go and how effective he can be. The Celtics may want to expose him and attack, although Kendrick Perkins may not be the best guy to do that.

3:01 pm: Andrew Bynum has just played through the torn meniscus in his right knee so far, but that may be changing for Game 4.

Bynum tweaked his knee in Game 3 and said it felt worse afterwards, but that he would continue to play through it. Phil Jackson said he would play Game 4 that night.

Today, different story tweets Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times:

Winds of change this morning regarding Andrew Bynum, whose knee is hurting. Will he play tonight? “I’m not positive about that,” Phil J said

The situation is what it always has been — a matter of pain management. Bynum’s knee is not getting better until he has surgery this off-season. But he couldn’t make his knee a lot worse by playing, so he kept on playing through the pain. But a little larger tear would lead to more pain, and he said it was bothering him after tweaking it in Game 3.

Bynum has been key to the Lakers — he forces the physical Kendrick Perkins off Pau Gasol. Bynum has gotten his share of points and rebounds, holding his own with his big body. However, Gasol has been the better of Kevin Garnett this series (who has his own knee and physical issues).

If it is Perkins back on Gasol and Garnett on Lamar Odom — just like in 2008 — it is advantage Celtics. 

  1. David Richardson - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I’d just see if you are up to playing, but if you don’t want to than don’t no biggy. If we lose than we strike back Game 5. It’s your choose bynum.c

  2. Please - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    This is game 4 of the finals. Bynum will play.

  3. b sievers - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Great spelling and grammar there David. By the way, you say “we”, are you suiting up tonight? I didn’t know you were on the Lakers roster.

  4. Alexg - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Perkins on Gasol, Garnett on Odom, advantage Celtics? I hope they put that wide load on Gasol, so he can light him up all night long. Garnett on Odom is as best an even match up for Celtics, Garnett way past his prime. Sorry Celtic fans, you lose either way.

  5. Qurph - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    i smell zen mindtricks, bynum will play. if bynodemtest go hard on defense (and the ref’s allow it), lakers are takers.

  6. Marc - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    By allowing Andrew Bynum to play, shows how selfish The coach is. He could care less about the guy’s plysically damaging his knee.

  7. Paul Pierce - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Prediction: Bynum starts, tweaks his knee in the 1st, goes off in a wheelchair, and miraculously reappears a few minutes later to drop 20/10 on the Celtics and put the series on ice for the Lakers!

  8. grimace - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    don’t forget the pained look. it’ll mean nothing without the grimace.
    seriously, i think the celtics win tonight. but then again, i don’t really care.

  9. hilary lawrence (science teacher) - Jun 15, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    hi, im a long-time c’s fan and id like to say that even if bynum plays it doesnt mean squat because kg will dunk all over his injured ankle whether hes helathy or not. GO CLOVERS….. ONE MORE GAME BBABY

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