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Lakers' Bynum will be out with strained Achilles'

March 20, 2010 |  1:48 pm

Bynum_300 Lakers center Andrew Bynum got an MRI Saturday that confirmed that he has a strained left Achilles' tendon.

The good news was that Bynum doesn't have a tear. The bad news is that Bynum expects to miss at least six games recovering from the injury.

The Lakers said Bynum will be reevaluated in one week. Bynum said he will travel with the team when the Lakers leave Tuesday for a five-game trip that starts in San Antonio.

Bynum probably will be out at least two weeks.

He was injured in the third quarter of Friday night's game at Staples Center.

Lamar Odom said his sore left shoulder won't stop him from playing. Odom will start in place of Bynum.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Derek Fisher was excused from practice Saturday.

Fisher is expected to play Sunday against the Washington Wizards at Staples Center.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum throws down a dunk as Minnesota's Damien Wilkins gets out of the way in the first half of play Friday night. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times