Bynum doesn't practice, has treatment
Andrew Bynum didn't participate in Friday's practice, instead continuing to receive treatment on his injured right knee.
Bynum suffered a torn meniscus April 30 in the Lakers' 95-94 series clinching win in Oklahoma City, but played effectively through the team's first two games against the Utah Jazz.
The teams haven't played since Tuesday, and the time off has certainly helped.
"I feel good right now," Bynum said. "I got a lot of treatment in today ... [The rest] has been big. Got to stay off it, and keep the swelling down. "
He has acknowledged the injury could very well require surgery in the offseason, but he will continue to play despite discomfort.
"It's something I'm dealing with," he said. "Keep on pushing through."
Bynum has averaged 12.5 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots in 27 minutes against the Jazz, a slight increase from his performance in the first round against the Thunder. Knee injuries are nothing out of the ordinary for Bynum, who missed 79 regular-season games over the previous two seasons, suffering a dislocated left kneecap during 2007-08 then a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee a year later.
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Bynum also missed the final 13 games of the regular season because of a strained Achilles tendon. Ironically, he said Friday that injury had actually healed before his most recent knee issue.
"It's gone. That's fine. That was a funky little thing. I don't know what happened on that, but it went away just like it came," he said.
The Lakers have demonstrated a decided advantage in the post through the first two games of the series against an undersized Utah squad missing their only seasoned 7-footer in Mehmet Okur. Bynum hopes the Lakers continue the trend in Game 3 Saturday night.
"We need to get the ball inside. Our strength is in the paint, via Ron [Artest], via Kobe [Bryant], via me. Pau [Gasol], [Lamar Odom]," he said. "If we do that, it's going to be hard for anybody to beat us. When we settle for jumpers, that's when other teams go on runs." Brian Kamenetzky covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com and is co-author of the Land O' Lakers blog.
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