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Andrew Bynum will play in Game 5

Jun 12, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

In a meeting with reporters this morning, Andrew Bynum told reporters that he will play in Game 5 despite the increasingly painful ligament tear in his knee.

Bynum is considered to be the deciding factor in this series, as it’s been his impact that’s been most effective for the Lakers. Without Bynum, the Lakers have been vulnerable to front court attacks from Glen Davis and Kevin Garnett and the matchup sets tend to swing in favor of Boston.

While Bynum did confirm that he’ll play, he did say his knee will again determine how many minutes he’ll play. Him getting minutes in Game 5 is considerably different from getting significant minutes in Game 5. And just as he’s feeling better after having the knee drained, again, odds are just as good that he could be feeling worse on Sunday.

Still, this comes as good news for the Lakers who have to feel like they have a good shot at taking a lead back to LA with a chance to close out the Celtics. Some have said that depending on Glen Davis and Nate Robinson is not a sound strategy for the Celtics and that the Lakers have proven they cant take care of business as long as a series of things don’t go wrong for them.

The Celtics may want to try and attack Bynum early to get him moving and not let him rest. They don’t have a player that can matchup with him in the post, but the more impact his knee sustains, the more he’ll feel it on offense.

It’s bizarre that in a series with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Marquis Daniels, that it’s the 22-year-old’s knee that has been the topic of the most discussion, but it also speaks to Bynum’s resiliency in the face of a severe injury that he’s managed to have such an impact when he’s been able to stay on the floor.

  1. Daniel Valencia - Jun 12, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Go Lakers Celtics-Overated

  2. Kenny Mac - Jun 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Regardless of how bad Bynum wants to play hurt if hes not capable of helping the team leave him on the bench!One other comment Odom is not a championship player!

  3. Bobbert - Jun 12, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Just a heads up: if the Celtics win the series there will not be an asterisk next to the win that say ‘but they wouldn’t have won if Bynum had been healthy.’

  4. scott hogan - Jun 12, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Your damn right there won’t be an asterisk next to it. Is there an asterisk next to the 87 lakers. The Celtics had the best record in the league but lost Walten for good that year, Mchale with a broken foot, Bird with his heels and back ect ect. The Lakers teams that came in the early 90’s were better than the 87 version. Celts should have won if not for injuries so if the Lakers have injuries screw them I dont feel bad. That Celts team had to give everything it had to just bring it to 6 games. Mchale had a broken foot……….A BROKEN FOOT!!! No one on either team today would play on a broken foot (and they probably shouldnt anyway). If the Lakers can somehow win without byrun then they deserve it but im sorry, play through the pain like Mchale and just give it your best.
    P.S.-That foot still gives Kevin pain today.

  5. scott hogan - Jun 12, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    One more thing. This series is getting awesome with some memorable moments. Derick Fisher the old vet comeing up huge in game 3. He was almost crying in the Post game interview. I like the passion. Big Baby and Nate Robinson having an incredible game out of nowhere and Rondo stealing the ball at the end and to top it all off the Refs didnt screw it up. This series is starting to get some memorable moments and I like it.

  6. david v - Jun 12, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    When the Celtics win this series, there will be no asterisk. Injuries are part of the game, as anyone who has ever watched more than one game of basketball knows. All anyone will remember is that the Celtics won it.

  7. Jim Pelletier - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Lakers fans can cry me a RIVER. Injuries are part of the game. I look in the rear view mirror about a lot of things-but that’s life. I say to all of you Lakers fans take it like a man and admit that East Coast basketball is the way to play. GO CELTICS!!!

  8. drbenk - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Matt, he’s got torn cartilage, not a torn ligament.

  9. Rich - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    The officiating stinks, but the players are great. This is like an Ali/Fraser fight, two great heavyweights, two different styles. The passion is really coming out and I liked Artest’s comments, saying that he thought it was great for the fans. I’m just waiting for the Refs to throw out Sheed or Perk for uttering a complaint under their breath after another ridiculous call. I know high school Refs who are better than these morons.

  10. ocgunslinger - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:33 PM

    Two great teams in a great playoff series…..what more can you ask for???? Frankly the best TEAM will win so let’s watch and see how it unfolds. Injuries are a part of the game and so is good and bad officiating. Hopefully the game will be decided by the players (ALL of them) and not the officiating.

  11. WhatevahFugitaboutit - Jun 12, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    McHale in pain still? LOL The Timberwolves will be in pain for DECADES from the inept job he did as the GM. A gamer, Hall Of Famer, sure. A GM? Not a chance in HELL !! I agree with your point about injuries being a part of the game, but you take GBBD out of the mix with another concussion or Perk out with another T, and it’s a coin toss. As I said, Game 5 victor will take it all.

  12. Anonymous - Jun 13, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Lol I know exactly what you are saying WhatevahFugitaboutit. Isnt it funny that some of the games greatest players cannot coach or GM (Im looking at you Mchale, Jordan, Isiah and Magic) but some pretty good players can (Doc Rivers, Pat Riley) There seems to be no ryme or reason lol. Chuck Daley never even played in the NBA and he was a great coach. McHale did a terrible job as the Timberwolves GM. Who could have guessed.

  13. Omnius - Jun 13, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    I’m glad Bynum decided to get his knee drained again. He needs to suck it up on getting his knee drained as that will allow him the kind of movement he needs to be effective. I’d say he should get his knee drained right before the game if fluid has returned. Anyway Bynum has been an inspiration playing hurt, the new Willis Reed. I hope he’s more mobile and can play more minutes tonight so that the Lakers win game 5 and go home to close out Ancient Gang Green. Lakers need to be more uptempo and get back to playing the triangle, plus Kobe and Pau need to play more pick and roll and give and go. Lakers in 6 games!

  14. greg perkins - Jun 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Go Lakers Celtics-Overated
    realy realy what facts to back that up. the series is tied you bafoon. lets see how good bynum can be or wont be . plus they beat the 2 teams with the best records orlando and cleveland

  15. Jay - Jun 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Celtics in 6.

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