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Lakers’ Bynum suffers bone bruise, is ready to go for playoffs

Apr 13, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum holds his knee after falling during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles Reuters

Lakers fans have never been so happy to hear the words “bone bruise” before.

An MRI on Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee — the one surgically repaired last summer and tweaked last night in a game against the Spurs — shows only a bone bruise, according to a release by the team.

He will be ready to play when the Lakers open the playoffs this weekend. (That game will almost certainly be at 3:30 Eastern Sunday on ABC, although the opponent is still up in the air, it will be either New Orleans or Memphis.)

Bynum injured his knee running back up the court on defense Tuesday night, trying to stick with the Spurs DeJuan Blair and in doing so stepped on Blair’s foot. Bynum’s leg slid out from under him at an awkward angle. After the game both Blair and Lakers guard Shannon Brown (who was close to the play) called the fall “scary” because it looked so bad.

Bynum sat on the floor for a minute then when he did get up went straight to the locker room not to return to the game. However, he walked out of the arena last night with almost no limp and saying that while the injury hurt at first it had gotten considerably better.

All of which is good news for the Lakers — Bynum and his being an anchor on defense is key to the team’s three-peat chances.

The Lakers also announced that an MRI on Matt Barnes knee showed no new damage and he is expected to play this weekend as well.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Lakers will be just fine, Drew is a strong man, he has had these knee problems before and Phil
    will manage his playing time like the great coach he is.I have no doubt the Lakers will complete
    the 3peat.

    brooklyn Laker fan

  2. lbcdeeznutz - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    Yay!

  3. zmossabasha - Apr 13, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Another possible first round opponent: Portland Trailblazers

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    I have stopped crying, I am drying my eyes and dusting off my Kobe Action Figure now! Into the playoffs we boldly march (or limp)!

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:05 PM

      don’t forget to tie your laces buddy.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM

        Thank you, I almost forgot!

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:24 PM

      Gadz, twerp. You still haven’t gotten over the fact that you’ve been schooled last year and the year before that.

      Hey doppleganger, such is a testament that you’re such a loser. Here you are, still trying to make me look like a fool by using my own name-handle.

      What a berk.

      Carry on and continue making a fool of yourself. LOL!

      On a serious note, well that’s a relief that Bynum will be ready for the post season. GO LAKERS!

  5. momo988 - Apr 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    They may also play Portland if Dallas wins and the Lakers lose.

  6. ocgunslinger - Apr 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Hard to beat the Lakers 4 times in a 7 games series. Possible of course but not likely if all are healthy

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