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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 at 3:10 am  |  9 responses

Andrew Bynum Might Miss Game 1

Uh-oh. A small cartilege tear in Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee has flared up after he hyper-extended the knee in Friday night’s series-clinching victory over the Thunder.

The L.A. Times has the details:

The 22-year-old center is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Utah because of a small tear in some cartilage in his right knee.

Bynum had been playing pain-free with a smaller tear in the area that worsened slightly when he sustained a hyper-extended knee Friday against Oklahoma City. He might need surgery to repair it after the season.

Bynum played 27 minutes Friday but had only six points and four rebounds. He is day-to-day as the Lakers get ready to begin the Western Conference semifinals against the Jazz.

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  • Weapon X

    Oh Darn.
    1st

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    It actually makes the series more interesting if Bynum is out. Since Okur is out for the Jazz.
    It puts them on more level-pegging height wise.

  • James

    Maybe somebody already hit on this and I missed it, but am I the only one who thinks that the two “real” teams hoping to challenge the lakers are already done? I was counting on the Nuggets and/or Mavericks to give LA problems. Utah’s beat up, Phoenix still can’t defend well enough, and San Antonio’s just not at that level. This kills me as a celtics fan

  • Kendrick is God

    the Lakers dont need Bynum to beat Utah, they still have a big size advantage without him. @James dont sleep on the spurs!

  • http://springbored.net letsmotor

    I know what you’re saying James. I was looking forward to a Lakers-Nuggests series. The Nuggets played so well against the Lakers this year. I’d saying right now, the Spurs have the best shot at knocking them out in the WCF.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    also, tough break for Bynum. Something tells me he’s going to have a short career.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think if (…and this is a Whopping big IF) the Suns can get past the Spurs this season, and they have a few more cards on the table this time around (team defense has improved PLUS homecourt advantage PLUS bench depth PLUS Grant Hill has FINALLY gotten out of the first round…) and with possibly the youngest supporting cast any Spurs team has put on the floor in the past decade then there JUST might be a battle hardened team ready to face the LAKESHOW come mid May this year. It’s going to be very interesting. On the other side of the ledger, if there is ONE coach that has seen Phil Jackson put work in, during the playoffs it’s Sloan, who has coached against Phil in the finals more than any other…??!

  • The Philosopher

    Players’s knees are so delicate. Very tough break, bu it could have been worse. Brandon Roy is setting the new standard for toughness in the Playoffs, it seems.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Andrew MIGHT play….and one day I MIGHT care…

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