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

June 10, 2010 | 10:51 am

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