Andrew Bynum reports more pain in right knee but Lakers remain unconcerned
The torn cartilage in Andrew Bynum's right knee has worsened because of increased swelling, he told reporters after practice Saturday.
"It's something where I'll have to continue getting treatment and pump the swelling out," said Bynum, who added that the pain increased at some point last week either in Game 3 or 4 of the Lakers' Western Conference semifinals series against the Utah Jazz. Nonetheless, Bynum said his knee hasn't experienced any more structural damage.
The timing makes sense. Bynum finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in Game 2 against Utah, but then went scoreless in Game 3 and had only six points in Game 4. He sat out Friday's practice to get more treatment. But the Lakers viewed his absence along with Kobe Bryant's during Friday's session as strictly taking advantage of the week-long layoff before the team faces Phoenix on Monday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Would Bynum have been able to play had the series started earlier?
"I've played in every game," Bynum said. "I don't know how effective I would be, but I'd play."
Bynum and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson provided differing answers on how much he practiced Saturday, with Bynum saying he went through the full session and Jackson saying he played through most of it. But both Jackson and Bynum remained unconcerned about his health.
"He's running with some limitations, but he still looks good," Jackson said. "It's good to see him out there."
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