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Bynum's knee discomfort may keep him out of Game 4

Lakers center Andrew Bynum is experiencing swelling in his right knee and might not play Thursday night, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.

Bynum has been slowed by torn cartilage in the knee since April 30 after hyperextending it in the first round against Oklahoma City. He did not take part in the team's Thursday shoot-around.

Will he play in Game 4 of the NBA finals?

"I'm not positive about that," Jackson said. "He had a little bit of a struggle this morning. He's going to try it."

Bynum has been a defensive presence for the Lakers against the Boston Celtics, averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots through three games. The Lakers lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Bynum was hopeful he would play after aggravating the knee in Game 3 while blocking the shot of Celtics center Kendrick Perkins.

"This close to the championship, I've got to play," Bynum said Wednesday afternoon. He was not available for comment Thursday.

If Bynum can't play, Pau Gasol moves to center and Lamar Odom comes off the bench to start at power forward, a lineup that didn't fare well two years ago when the Lakers lost to the Celtics in the finals in six games.

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
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Not awesome news.

I hope Andrew is okay.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

*Anxiously holds his breath*

REPOST

UTZWORLD'S WORD OF THE DAY: LOSS
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It is said that there are 5 stages of loss. Shock. Denial. Anger. Grief. Acceptance.
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Looking at this series, Boston is knee deep (no pun intended) in this cycle. Game 1 was Shock. Game 2 was Denial - the source of Paula Ironside's "We Ain't Comin Back To LA" comment. Game 3 was Denial transitioning into Anger - the source of Doc Rivers sending video of moving screens to the league, Ironside's diss of Ron Ron's D & Doc accusing D Fish of flopping.
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Tonight: EXPECT ANGER IN IT'S FULL FORCE. The forearm shivers to the back will be more forceful. The off the ball elbows to the ribs will be unleashed. Sheed will manifest himself as the psychotic, out of control animal we've always known him to be. Perkins will get that last Tech outta the way. Boston will be exposed for who they really are. Darn the lovey-dovey talk. We will (re)discover tonight that they are exactly who we thought they were!
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And we will prevail...transitioning the city of Boston into the next stage of Loss: GRIEF. The cascading shadow of sadness will blanket old Beantown like thermal underwear on a below zero day. Sheed may throw a towel at Tony Allen's face. Doc, Rondo & Ironside will sit in their postgame presss conferences bewildered and dumbfounded and wonder...WHY?
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They will take that sadness and deliver one last great game in Boston in Game 5 - a strength gathering gesture to be sure. They'll squeeze out an emotional victory and the trolls will be back beckoning us to REMEMBER THE RED SOX vs. YANKEES.
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And then we'll be back home. To bring the noise. To reign in a sea of Purple Thunder & Golden Lightning. We will play so skilled that the Bostonians will finally reach that final stage of Loss: ACCEPTANCE.
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They'll have the courage to own up to what everyone in the sports world already knows. We're better. We're stronger. We're the best!
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You see, that fateful summer of 2008 caused us to go through these stages of Loss ourselves. Defeat reveals character. Adversity breeds strength. In our darkest defeat in 2008, we emerged stronger in 2009. Now, in 2010, the last Troll will be extinguished. The naysayers will be silenced. We will remain on the mountaintop as champions. And Ironside, Rondo, Doc & the whole Greenie Weenie squad will have to accept that truth.
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LOSS. We manned up and accepted it. Boston hasn't. Probably never will. That's why we're the best!

REPOST
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EMERGENCY PRAYER FOR ANDREW BYNUM'S KNEE. Yeah, he's confident in himself and the Laker training staff, but he's gonna need a little Help. So...LET US PRAY
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Dear Lord, we lift our eyes unto the hills from whence come our Help. Our Help comes from You. And, once again, we boldly ask for Your Help with Andrew Bynum's knee. His faith to push forward despite the pain and injury is revealing the molding and shaping that You have made with his character. Reward his faith and diligence by empowering his knee with Your strength. May the swelling go down and the pain subside. Grant him the strength & energy required from him to deliver another 20-30 minutes of focused, disciplined & inspired championship basketball tomorrow. Supply him with supernatural that only comes from You - that he would play on in this series and help the Lakers finish out the series as champions again.
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We thank You again for answered prayer. Your will be done...AMEN!

I'd like to think the Lakers are taking the Celtics for a little ride.. to a place
where the Celtics will get a glimpse of the disease in their character...
and just drive away and leave them there..

Is this AB news up to date? If so, we can still do this. Congo Cash will have to put some of that Black Belt to use...

Our bigs owns the paint baybee...

i'm from Spain and i like gasol too much

but bynum is playing so well this series, with so great heart, that he has became the key for lakers championship

i hope he'll be OK

Never understood why Jackson doesn't start Mbenga (No offense, but he's descent defensively) and let Pau play his natural 4 position.

Lakers going down. They know they can't contend with the likes of Perkins, Garnett, Davis and Wallace. It's over LA

"This close to the championship, I've got to play," Bynum said Wednesday afternoon.

Where there's a will, there's a way
I think Andrew's gonna play
and help put the greenies away!

If Bynum can't go, I prefer starting Didier Mbenga at center and let him bang the sheeeit out of whatever Celtic gets near him. If the Celtics want to play physical (which is just a euphemism for fouling), then let's play physicial. The Lakers are very capable of this sort of play. Artest's shot on Ray Allen did the trick in game three.

From a purely physical standpoint, Mbenga is by far the most dangerous player on the court. Turn him loose. If he fouls out, no big deal. You can always go to the Gasol-Odom tandem. Just be sure Mbenga makes the most of this minutes by putting a within-the-rules (no flagrant fouls) hurt on a few Celtic starters.

Boston: Be careful what you wish for. This is not your grandfather's Laker squad.

Phil, start Mbenga maybe you get a raise next year.

IF BYNUM CAN'T PLAY THEN SAVE HIM FOR THE LAST 2 GAMES AT HOME

Lakers going down. They know they can't contend with the likes of Perkins, Garnett, Davis and Wallace. It's over LA

Posted by: jr | June 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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Ummm, jr.,

You have been watching THIS series right?!?!?

Because from what I can tell, handling them, no, more like, SHUTTING THEM DOWN is pretty much what the LAKERS HAVE BEEN doing. And by a so-called "soft" player and a "gimpy" player, no less.

Is Doc still complaining about the refs/calls?

Doc and the Celtics are like an elementary school bully...they're all big and bad until somebody pushes back or pops them in the mouth, then they go runnin' like little b*tches to try and tell on someone. Sit down and shut up, Glenn.

And the chant began in the Los Angeles area:

an-drew, An-drew, An-Drew , AN -Drew, AN-DRew, AN-DREw! AN-DREW! AN-DREW!

If I were Phil...Mbenga would get some run...and when those tactics come into play...KG, Pierce or Rondo would get "Rambis"-ed, circa 1985

Celts are going to win tonight going away! Ray-Ray is going to be on fire tonight and the defense is going to step up big!
Let's all just hope that the refs are going to let the players decide the outcome tonight - game 3 they got Pierce in foul trouble , game 2 they got KG ( and mr. rat-face too , but who cares about him? ) in foul trouble and game 1 they got Ray-Ray in foul trouble. See the trend? Stern and his corrupted product that is the NBA want the Lakers to win the title and that is pretty obvious for all to see.
Rant over...

Celts are going to win tonight going away! Ray-Ray is going to be on fire tonight and the defense is going to step up big!
Let's all just hope that the refs are going to let the players decide the outcome tonight - game 3 they got Pierce in foul trouble , game 2 they got KG ( and mr. rat-face too , but who cares about him? ) in foul trouble and game 1 they got Ray-Ray in foul trouble. See the trend? Stern and his corrupted product that is the NBA want the Lakers to win the title and that is pretty obvious for all to see.
Rant over...

Dear Lakers,

When you take to the floor tonight, remember this: You squandered Game 2, a winnable game, which featured outstanding performances by both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

Every minute you get from Andrew, considering his condition, is a gift.

I will be very bitter if the Celtics take advantage of the game you squandered.

Your fan,
Rick Friedman

oh sh@#$%!! our great dane is hurt.:(

And the chant began in the Los Angeles area:
an-drew, An-drew, An-Drew , AN -Drew, AN-DRew, AN-DREw! AN-DREW! AN-DREW!

Posted by: Mark G (pretty sure it's me) | June 10, 2010 at 12:41 PM
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...and slowly it spread its way throughout California, reaching across the borders into neighboring states.
Soon it had spread across the entire country, even those in Massachusettes could hear the chant as it rattled doors and windows throughout the state and the people ran to their homes and hid in fear:

an-drew, An-drew, An-Drew , AN -Drew, AN-DRew, AN-DREw! AN-DREW! AN-DREW!

What Art-FL said, dam it!

Celts are going to win tonight going away! Ray-Ray is going to be on fire tonight and the defense is going to step up big!
Let's all just hope that the refs are going to let the players decide the outcome tonight - game 3 they got Pierce in foul trouble , game 2 they got KG ( and mr. rat-face too , but who cares about him? ) in foul trouble and game 1 they got Ray-Ray in foul trouble. See the trend? Stern and his corrupted product that is the NBA want the Lakers to win the title and that is pretty obvious for all to see.
Rant over...

Posted by: Celtics for life | June 10, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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Oh please Celtics for life

You're full of as much baloney as your team! Go fish!

He'll play...may not start, but he'll play.

With or without Bynum...GO LAKERS!

The highs and lows of reporting..I kinda wish people would just not say nothing cuz I mean really, will play, may play, probably won't play, that ish is crazy and if there is any game we need him for is tonite! We really need to beat them tonite and with or without Drew, we need to lay the smackdown on their ass! How come MBenga never gets any run??

If Bynum does not play tonight, Kobe will have to score 63 points toight to win and he will.


It is long overdue for Kobe to have a dominating unstoppable game. Like teh 81 points and 63 points in 3 qrtrs.


It is tiem for what all Lakers fans are waiting. Kobe to rise and be crowned the best ever with MJ as even now.

hey CELTICSFORLIFE if you didn't notice, the league is trying to make this a series, notice how kobe was in foul trouble in game 2... when was the last time kobe was in foul trouble before that? i've never seen that in my lifetime... and why the hell is Doc saying Fisher was flopping? all his players do is flop, ray allen, rajon rondo, paul pierce, all probably the biggest actors in the nba, he goes and pays for their fucking acting lessons in the offseason, what the hell is this... i hope the league reviews the game and sees how much DOCS players flop and dirty fouls they committ, jesus the celtics get away with so much.

"All those who practice different styles of wushu, they would naturally have a different level of skill, through competition we can measure ourselves."

Kobe embodies this simple concept...

Through competition, we can measure ourselves....

I actually got the quote from Jet Li in Fearless...

But I got to thinking how that describes Kobe's whole mindset and outlook...

Kobe will do more than anyone else as far as always preparing, training, improving, and conditioning...How can he keep pushing himself, keep motivated...

Because he is thinking...The 'measure' of my hard work, will be answered when I 'compete'...

How cool is that...and do you agree...

Kobe Bean Bryant...Where the best 'wushu' happens...

Rick.. the Lakers didn't "squander" the game. 4 phantom foul calls out of the 5 calls made on Kobe, the tip out of bounds by Garnett that was called on Gasol among other little things were the reason the Lakers lost game 2. Officiating killed it. Instead of possession down 3 and potentially down 1 or even tied, we ended up down 5. Instead of Kobe taking over and doing his thing, we had Kobe hesitant because of foul trouble.

YEA YEA YEA!!!!! you laker fans are 2 much i bet 80 percent of you guys aint even from LA or the area!!! you laker fans are probably yankee fans 2!! the lakers are up 2-1 because the celtics are playn garbage basketball the celtics are beating them selves!! AND KOBE IS NOT THE NEXT MJ!!!! kobe has rings because hes on the LAKERS and played with SHAQ!! MJ GOT 6 IN CHICAGO HE DID THAT!! MJ WAS THE MAN!!! the lakers will allways win championships because there willing 2 pay the best players the most money!!! kobe is a very good player BUT HES NO MJ!!!!!!

Brian Shaw saw the Celtics defensive weaknesses in game two and helped PJ and the Lakers exploit it for game three. Fisher was the beneficiary from that adjustment. Andrew needs to play critical minutes to stave off Kendricks and Big Baby Davis. Kobe has to will his guys
to keep the Celtics from the paint. I don't know about the refs. I just make the sign of the cross and hope for the best.

This will be a problem. Bynum is like Steve Hutchinson for the Lakers offense, and Casey Hampton on defense. Offensively, he opens the lanes and allows for great spacing. Defensively, he clogs the lane and alters shots.

Bynum's numbers may not show it but he is *the* difference in the flow of this series.

Hope he can give them *something*. If he can't, give him the rest and hope LA can find a way to win tonight!

i think andrew is going to "nut it up" and play today.....he's got the whole off season to get healthy!

Phil is already looking ahead to Game 5 and the 2 day rest period that comes with it. Don't be surprised if Phil pulls all of the starters early tonight if the Lakers are down double digits in the 4th.....which, after only 1 days rest and coming off an emotional win, is looking very likely to me.

Phil is already looking ahead to Game 5 and the 2 day rest period that comes with it. Don't be surprised if Phil pulls all of the starters early tonight if the Lakers are down double digits in the 4th.....which, after only 1 days rest and coming off an emotional win, is looking very likely to me.

Bynum must be a game time decision. ESPNews has nothing about him sitting at 7PM EST,

Shelley Smith on ESPNEWS said at 7:06 ESTthat AB will play tonight. Great news!

This is why LA must try and end this series now. Boston is healthy and LA is banged up. Win game 4 guys and we can by keeping Rondo out the paint and and attcking the rim on the offensive rim. Don't slack off Ray Allen because we can't afford another big night from him.

I hope Bynum's OK! I hope the prayers for him and the Lakers come true especially tonight! Let's secure this game 4 and close game 5 at the Gah-den!


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