Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol out for Sunday's game vs. New Orleans
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Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum will miss Sunday's tussle with Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets, reports the LAT's Broderick Turner of the LAT. Neither was able to practice Saturday afternoon, Another night of rest means the pair will get a fairly extended time to heal before the Lakers again take the floor Thursday night at Staples.
The Hornets aren't exactly deep up front, but DJ Mbenga, coming off a strong 13 rebound, four block effort Friday night against the Grizzlies, will need another solid effort against Emeka Okafor. As a team, the Lakers will have to account for Paul, who passes more effectively than the entire Grizzlies roster combined, and the pick and roll. While the Hornets (2-4) are struggling, it'll still be a different potentially more difficult defensive experience for Lakers as a team (since Paul is unburdened by the guiding principle of the Memphis offensive scheme, namely dribbling aimlessly for no less than 17 seconds before making a pass or trying to execute a set).
In other news, Elliott Teaford of the Daily News has a Kareem-to-Memphis update.