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Mark it down: Bynum says he'll play Sunday

June 12, 2010 | 10:12 am
Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his right knee drained twice in the last two weeks, but he said nothing would prevent him from playing in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Bynum said he was "100% certain" he would be on the court Sunday against the Boston Celtics.

"I'm going to go out and I'm going to play," he said. "That's why I got the knee drained."

Bynum had the minor procedure on his knee immediately after the Lakers played Boston on Thursday night. He played only 12 minutes in Game 4 because of swelling in the knee directly related to complications from torn cartilage in the area.

The Lakers remained guardedly optimistic they would have their shot-blocking defensive presence Sunday. They are tied with the Celtics at two games each in the best-of-seven series.

"We're still optimistic that he's going to give it a shot and see how he does," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Saturday. "We have [another] day to work with him. He's had a day of therapy and he can start getting some movement and maybe start activating himself [Sunday] and get himself going."

Bynum was averaging 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in the first three games of the Finals, though he had two points, three rebounds and no blocked shots in his limited time Thursday.

--Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Boston


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