Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

Can Andrew Bynum Regain Form Against the Suns?

Bynum thinks he can, but Phil Jackson doesn’t sound entirely convinced. From the Daily News: “It’s certainly possible his role will be lessened as the Lakers play the undersized Suns in the conference finals. Having two 7-footers on the floor might be one too many to keep pace with the shorter, faster Suns. Injuries are a concern, too. Bynum, after all, suffered a strained left Achilles’ tendon and sat out the final 13 regular-season games and then had a small tear of his meniscus during the Lakers’ first-round playoff victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last month. ‘I think Drew has played through some of the discomfort and the limiting aspects of his (knee) injury,’ Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. ‘But I felt against Utah he couldn’t get to the point where he played with that explosion and that aggressiveness he had the first two games. We hope he gets it back again.’ The Lakers face another team without the size and muscle to match up inside. Jackson said the Lakers plan to play to their strengths and will try to use their size to their advantage against the Suns. If the Suns play with a smaller, faster lineup and if they torch the Lakers with a pick-and-roll offense, then Jackson indicated he wouldn’t hesitate to park Bynum on the bench in favor of a smaller, faster lineup. ‘We’ve limited his time in years past,’ he said. ‘I don’t think that’s a mystery.’ Bynum said he believes he can duplicate his standout performance in Game 2 against the Jazz, when he made 7 of 9 shots, set a career high for rebounds (14) in a playoff game and also blocked four shots during the Lakers’ victory. ‘I think so,” he said. “I just need to be a little more active, which is difficult with the knee, but I think I can get it done.”‘

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  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Bynum will have all the hope in the world of trying to compete, but Phil Jackson will do something that Mike Brown DREAMS of doing… adjusting matchups mid-game…. Bynum will average about 23 mins a game this series.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    It’s one thing to talk of regaining form, but this is a player trying to push through and play with a current injury. It’s no as though he is trying to get back after injury. He’s hurting now… If the PHX Suns don’t play Lopez a whole lot (if at all…) the Lakers probably won’t need much from Bynum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    sit him. Once the suns go into full pick and pop mode with channing ans steve, boy is going to look lost on defense. More liability than asset for this series.

  • Robb

    Bynum can relax and rest a bit. He’ll be needed more against the Magic.

  • LA Huey

    He is a rich man’s Luc Longley. The NBA and its followers should stop expecting anything more.

  • kobeismypuppy

    yea yea,i say drop the lakersbench,its like leaving a pregnant girlfriend behind.hahahahah

  • Shem

    Start him. Against Jarron Collins, he should be able to free up a little bit. Don’t give him more then maybe 20 minutes unless it’s absolutely necessary. Because the Suns up tempo ball doesn’t really go well for someone coming back from leg injuries

  • bnets

    Lakers are done!!! Robin Lopez goin to dominate, Suns in 6 hahah

  • http://www.youtube.com/ The Promise

    Phoenix will run his butt off, and thats gonna be hard on the knee. I’d play him when the Suns put in a small lineup so he can dominate a much smaller player and get the rebounds and putbacks.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Re-gain what form? Bynum is the most overrated player in the league right now.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    That being said, injuries suck and I hope he recovers fully.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    @THE PROMISE – Generally speaking, The Suns are small most/all of the time and they will endeavour to play a style that won’t let Bynum/Gasol/Odom rebound effectively -They’ll try to shoot for a high percentage, run their fast break game and look or the three point shot and it will come down to the likes of controlling the tempo for the Lakers, trying to get stops in transition. Kobe and Artest will have ALOT of work ahead of them and if Bynum wants to stay on he court he needs to remembe that Fry will be waiting on the 3pt line… FOR THE RECORD: I expect the Suns to win one of the first two games in Los Angeles.

  • b2bmvpnashty

    I think the size of the lakers will be negated with the spacing of the suns bigs. I think we can counter the lakers size with nash’s penetration and kicking and popping. Jason is playing outstanding, and our bench is playing great, not to mention we finally stress defense in the valley. Suns in 6.