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Andrew Bynum fine, Kobe Bryant subdued as Lakers prepare for the Thunder

April 19, 2010 |  2:06 pm


A day after playing in his first game after missing the last 13 regular-season games with a left Achilles' tendon strain, Lakers center Andrew Bynum said he felt fine coming off of practice Monday.

Bynum finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center. It was the first game he had played since he was injured 30 days ago.

"My Achilles' feels fine," Bynum said. "Every now and then, on a couple of movements I feel something, but it's nothing too serious."

The Lakers have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant was subdued when he spoke with the media after practice Monday.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Bryant was the same way during practice.

"He was very subdued today when he was in the training room and in the video room," Jackson said. "I didn't get anything or initiate a conversation but once with him, and that was it."

Jackson said Bryant came in early and took some shots but didn't do much at practice on the court.

One bright spot in Game 1 was the defense Ron Artest played on Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant.

Artest held Durant to 24 points on seven-for-24 shooting.

"He [Durant] had some open looks, and Ron got some tough defensive challenges against him too," Jackson said.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum goes to work in the post against Thunder center Nenad Krstic during Sunday's game. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times