Andrew Bynum hyperextends elbow

Updated: January 20, 2011, 1:21 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

DALLAS -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum suffered a hyperextended right elbow and contusion on the ulnar nerve (funny bone) on his right arm when contesting a shot by Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki in the third quarter of Dallas' 109-100 win Wednesday.

Bynum started the fourth quarter despite the injury and sat the final 5:46 of the game on the bench, but Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said it was a coaching decision to keep Bynum out of the game in favor of Pau Gasol, not a medical one.

The sixth-year veteran was examined after the game by a doctor but expects to play Friday against the Denver Nuggets.

"They said it's going to be all right," Jackson said. "It's the ulnar nerve, that's kind of like a funny, crazy bone."

Said Bynum: "I'm fine. It doesn't hurt."

Bynum finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot in 30 minutes of playing time.

Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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