Bynum continues treatment on knee
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Andrew Bynum admitted he was limping more in Game 1 of the Finals than he did in Game 6 of the conference finals before he got his injured right knee drained, but it won't stop him continuing to try to play 30 minutes per game.
"It's feeling OK," Bynum said, who was limited to perimeter passing in Saturday's practice as he recovers from a slight meniscus tear. "I'm trying to get it ready."
Bynum says he will undergo two 90-minute treatments consisting of icing the knee and trying to reduce the swelling before Game 2 on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT.
Boston forward Kevin Garnett said Bynum's ailment wasn't apparent to him in Game 1 when the Lakers' center finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes.
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"I think the game is going so fast that you don't have time to really, you know, think in a situation to where is he hobbled or not," Garnett said. "It's not obvious. If he is [hobbled], I can't tell."
On the Celtics' side of the injury front, point guard Rajon Rondo says he has a strained glute muscle, not a sore lower back but said Boston will have "no excuses" going into Game 2 trailing 1-0.
"It's the same injury that he's had throughout the playoffs, and it's not really his back, it's his butt," Boston coach Doc Rivers said about Rondo. "His glutes are tight. They've been tight. You see him do this stretch almost every chance he gets. He's been doing that throughout the playoffs, though. Listen, everyone has something going on with their bodies right now. The NBA playoffs are very difficult, and by the time you get to the Finals, there's a chance that every single guy on the floor has some kind of nick. We're no different than anybody else."
Kobe doing more with less
Kobe Bryant's Western Conference finals series against the Phoenix Suns produced numbers (33.7 points on 53.2 percent shooting, 43.1 percent three-point shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.17 blocks) arguably the best of any series in his career.
With a four-game clip nearly as good against the Utah Jazz in the semifinals and a nice start to the NBA Finals, could Bryant be shaping his best playoffs ever?
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When posed the question, Derek Fisher said he wasn't aware the statistics had piled up so astronomically high. What he has noticed, however, was how proficiently Bryant acquired them.
"He's doing a lot of great things that are very efficient," Fisher said. "When people ask me the differences between Kobe Bryant from yesteryear, and Kobe Bryant now, that's what I point to a lot. His ability to get the same or even better numbers at a more efficient level. That comes the film study, the experience, how smart he is as a player, his understanding of where things are on the floor.
"He has an unbelievable ability to visualize things that are going to happen. He continues to impress me with his footwork, his ability to get separation and get shots off. Some of those shots he hit in Game 6 in Phoenix were just unbelievable. It's remarkable to talk about it getting better, especially as long as I've seen him. He deserves a lot of the credit. He's worked at it."
Not this time
Last year when the Orlando Magic practiced on the Lakers court at the Toyota Center for the first time during the Finals, the team lifted the blinds to Jeanie Buss' office window above the court so the Magic, a title-less franchise, could see the eight Larry O'Brien trophies the Lakers had accumulated since Buss bought the team.
The blinds were pulled down and shut tight Saturday. The Celtics have 17 championships as a franchise and would hardly be intimidated or impressed by the Lakers' trophies, even if they had all 15 of them in the window dating to the franchise's days in Minneapolis.