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Andrew Bynum optimistic he will play in Game 4

June 9, 2010 | 10:25 am

Bynum_400 Andrew Bynum will play on Thursday. At least that's his hope after aggravating his right knee yet again.

The Lakers center on Wednesday upgraded his condition from "questionable," as he put it Tuesday night after Game 3, to something better than that, in his own way.

"I'm good, man," he said after the Lakers went through a light practice at TD Garden. Bynum did not take part in the session.

Bynum left the Lakers' 91-84 Game 3 victory in the third quarter because his knee locked up when he landed after blocking the shot of Boston center Kendrick Perkins. He returned early in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson was similarly hopeful that Bynum would play in Game 4. The Lakers lead the Celtics in the best-of-seven series, two games to one.

"He's been able to overcome those odds all the way through these playoffs, ever since Oklahoma [City]," Jackson said. "So we're really optimistic that he'll be able to find a way to do that."

Bynum sustained torn cartilage in his right knee six weeks ago in the first round of the playoffs. He had the knee drained last week after the Lakers closed out the Western Conference finals against Phoenix.

-- Mike Bresnahan in Boston

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, center, drives past Boston forward Glen Davis, left, to score during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.