Bynum struggles in shootaround
BOSTON -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed uncertainty about Andrew Bynum's availability for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, a day after the center declared his injured right knee ready to go.
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"He had a little bit of a struggle this morning," Jackson said during shootaround. "He couldn't do anything on the court."
Bynum, who has a torn meniscus in the knee, was scheduled to undergo therapy during the afternoon. Jackson said Bynum would attempt to play.
"We'll see," Jackson said. "He's gonna try it. I think he'll be game to try it out, but we'll see how it goes."
Bynum has averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks in the Finals, providing a physical presence absent for the Lakers in 2008 when they lost to Boston.
If he is unavailable to play, Pau Gasol will likely start at center, with Lamar Odom moving from sixth man to starting power forward. Jackson said the Lakers could withstand Bynum's potential absence. "We went through the last playoffs without him," he said. "We know what we would do against them or how to play against them. The success we had was not great, so Andrew's made a difference for us this series. We hope that when he comes out there that he can give us those six to seven minutes. Set the tone for the game, and then play it accordingly."Andy Kamenetzky covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com and is a co-author of the Land O'Lakers blog.