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Mark it down: Bynum says he'll play Sunday

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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What we need is Ron to shoot 2 instead of 3. Phil need to coach him better.
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MY MAN

As a Celtics fan, I would rather not see Bynum play...his presence was the key reason for LA's wins this series, and I don't think Boston can match up against him and Gasol. That said, as a basketball fan, I want to see both teams at full strength, so there are no excuses when the winner is declared. If Bynum can play near full-strength for the last 3 games, it will probably be LA's series. Boston's offense and defensive rebounding have both really struggled when Bynum has played.

Thank Goodness.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Frank -

It would be good for the NBA if Andrew was at full strength, but I hope that he is well enough to play (since his knee won't be at full strength until he gets surgery).

I share your sentiments that I would like the best team win (especially when both teams are able to give their all).

Your comment is definitely refreshing to read. :-)

and that's why the talk of STARTING Mbenga was so stupid.

Bynum will start games 5, 6, and 7 if needed.

If he can't put up the minutes (or if Lamar's getting pwnd again), that's when the hypothetical DJ should be seen.

Here's the thing about travel...

First game, you're playing off adrenaline, overcoming jet lag and poorer sleep.

Second game, that adrenaline runs out, the forcing through jet lag kicks in, further exhausting the team, they lose a step.

Third game, team's bio-rhythms adapt to being in a different time zone, living in a hotel room becomes more "normal", team syncs up, "gains its first step back."

So, I'm expecting more energy from our Lakers during Game Five.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

It is refreshing to read a Celtic fan (Frank) intelligent post that does not insult the Lakers and their fans. The better team is going to win, regardless of what names they were called. By posting negative comments, the fans from both teams reveal what ugly kind of persons they really are. There should be some sportmanship when one post sports comments. On a different note Odom needs to wake up and earns his pay, he has been cheating on Buss who wrote him real pay checks for not even half-hearted effort. Shame on you Odom. If the Lakers win their 16th, Odom ought to sit at the back of the bus with a paperback on his head; it is only appropriate. GO LAKERS!!!!

We dont care if Bynum plays or doesnt play. Laker nation didnt care that Kg was out last year. Why should we care?

We dont care if Bynum plays or doesnt play. Laker nation didnt care that Kg was out last year. Why should we care?

Posted by: Celtic Nation | June 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

LMAO! Wtf is your point?

All your strength, all your power, all your love. Everything you got.

Glad to se Drew will play, now the question how many good minutes can he put in.
Why not bring in DJ for some minutes when Drew gets a break instead of Odom for Drew and bring in Odom for Gasol.
Then we have DJ and Gasol or Drew and Odum.
This armchair coaching stuff is easy, whats PJ's prob.
:)

It is refreshing to read a Celtic fan (Frank) intelligent post that does not insult the Lakers and their fans. The better team is going to win, regardless of what names they were called. By posting negative comments, the fans from both teams reveal what ugly kind of persons they really are. There should be some sportmanship when one post sports comments. On a different note Odom needs to wake up and earns his pay, he has been cheating on Buss who wrote him real pay checks for not even half-hearted effort. Shame on you Odom. If the Lakers win their 16th, Odom ought to sit at the back of the bus with a paperback on his head; it is only appropriate. GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: ctran | June 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM

ctran,

Why dont you start by cleaning up your fan base. Go back and read all the post about the Celtics and their fans. Start with the pile of sh!t uncletom. Apparently he has been busy changing his diaper for 2 days because he has been M.I.A.

Once you get your house in order then comment about others.

LMAO! Wtf is your point?

Posted by: lurker | June 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Try reading it again if you didnt understand it. And keep reading it until you do. Ask a friend to help you if you need to.

2008, Bynum didn't play.

And now, who said they didn't care.

MM, can you PLEASE for the love of God, get this 13 year old POS off the board?

I'm tired of the 100+ posts per day from this kid under all his aliases.

Celtic Nation kinda reminds me of those darn English soccer hooligans. No class, no intelligence, just juvenile behavior through and through.

It really is sad. These Celtics fans are essentially homeless when it comes to the blogging world. They have no blog to call their own, so they come here. Let's have compassion and provide shelter to these poor things...they clearly live miserable lives.

I tried.

See you guys tomorrow.

It's nice to know that Drew's going to man up and continue to contribute anyway possible. If only LO grow a pair and get his head out his @zz, get Thriller back on his meds, were good to go.

never,

I believe this is what you're referring to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJh5J3FPEkk

Andrew Bynum may want to watch this clip.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

GO TEAM USA!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

the only insightful comment on this la times blog has been ctran's

Just about to watch USA-England in the FIFA FOOTBALL World Cup (yep, a tease), and dellighted by the bit about Kobe on Kimmel (thanx Outlaw, and also MM to post it after on a thread!), I ma extremely pleased to learn about Drew's optimism on tomorrow's game.

We need it as a mental push up.

We just are in that moment when a great set up of the mental resources can overcome the physical frailty.

It's very important, and I'm glad Drew is totally in check about it.

About Lamar and Ron and our major need about them to be THERE THERE in the next two games, well... that goes on without saying.

It's a must.

And you know already I'm pretty confident there.

Today everything looks bright to me.

Sure, location over here helps, but mostly what helps me feeling okay is the constant voice inside me that tells me that we are tuned all in and ready to close this.

I respect the Celts.

I expect another very good game from them; I see them pouring it all in and I know they will hurt us.

But I just strongly, strongly believe we will survive that, we will surface that and we will parade that.

(btw, Gerrard - whom I have in my Fanta Football team as captain) just sent first score in and USA are losing already. Sorry guys. This football is not your own kind... ops ;))

Catch you tomorrow again Laker Fam. On my way back from Paradise (Sardinia) back into Milan. And ready for Battle5.

Hugs everyone and LLL (still Lotta Lakers Love). ;)

Bynum's statement that he's "100% certain" he will play should give Laker fans great hope. Not only because we need his defense, but because he's taking the lead in mental toughness. The Celtics illegal, shoving, thuggish defense DOES NOT make them the most mentally tough team, as Skip Bayless erroneously stated during the ECF. In fact, those Lakers turnovers in the 4th quarter were not caused by physical play, but by the Lakers allowing the Celtics negative, desperate energy to infect them and throw them off their methodically calm triangle offense. Phil Jackson said as much in game 4's post game conference when he said you can play with emotions but still play with a cool head. I believe the Celtics - in that fourth quarter- were actually on the verge of collapse. All the taunting and bravado proved that to me. If Pau had not made the mental mistake of throwing the ball down the court, only to be intercepted by Garnet, a Lakers score on that possession could have broken down the mentally fragile Celtic team. Keep calm and cool and mentally strong fellas; just like Andrew. We've been through this with the Thunder and Suns. Many began to waver, but the Lakers ALWAYS proved, with their IQ, mental toughness and BASKETBALL aggressiveness that WE are the toughest NBA team. Lakers in 6.

Try reading it again if you didnt understand it. And keep reading it until you do. Ask a friend to help you if you need to.

Posted by: Celtic Nation | June 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM

LMAO! Wtf is your point?

Celtic Nation

You just validated my points, go back and read my comments again, I did say "fans from both teams". I feel sorry for Celtic nation with a citizen like you.

It's sad to know that DJ Menga is not ready. Before the series start, we all know that Bynum had knee problem. I thought Phi had a plan in case of Bynum not playing. In NFL, when two teams play in the Super Bowl, usually they did not meet in regular season. In NBA, teams meet 2 times, so coach and players know their opponents very well.
In 2008, we asked for DJ Menga, but Turiaf kept playing, so same old story. DJ can intimidate opponent, that's the way the C's want to play. Tough guys can defend, rebound, block shots, Phil knew that better than all of us. You can't take a looser and tell him, ok, you go out there defend, rebound,..., and then asking why he failed.

celtic nation, quit playing in your mommy's underwear drawer and go clean that dirty ring out of your bathtub...NOW!

We dont care if Bynum plays or doesnt play. Laker nation didnt care that Kg was out last year. Why should we care?

We were busy winning a championship last year...where were you?

Celtic Nation,

get over yourself, you weren't even in the finals.

Do celtic fans ALWAYS need to feel they are entitled to something? What a bunch of arrogant people. You guys didn't even MAKE the finals, we at least made it without Bynum. Typical from a celtic fan though, always trying to make it all about himself.

btw,I think we all see how KG is doing, and fair to say he wouldn't make a huge difference last year either.

andrew bynum will have a great game tomorrow. L.A. will win AGAIN in boston, 2 out of 3, then go home to the Staples Center and wrap up ANOTHER NBA TITLE. Kobe and Company WILL NOT BE DENIED!

Ditto!

btw,I think we all see how KG is doing, and fair to say he wouldn't make a huge difference last year either.

Posted by: jac | June 12, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Excellent point. Spoken like a true laker fan.

Losing in the 2nd round and making it to the finals is not a huge difference. Your inteligence is obvious.

The kg you are watching is post injury. Of course being as inteligent as you are you took that into account.

3-2 going back to lala land Loss Angeles.

Hey Celtic Nation, would you mind to tell us where was the Celtics in early 2000? Then try to look where were the Lakers in that period!!! From early 2000 up to know the Lakers dominate the NBA!!!! You were just got lucky in 2008 coz Bynum and Ariza were not healthy!!

Celtic Nation,

I bet my intelligence is way higher then yours. Please, don't come to a Laker blog and try to talk shit, when there are other people who talk shit better than you do.

Losing in the 2nd round and making it to the finals is not a huge difference. HUH?

My intelligence is obvious, lmao!!

Ya, you are right, losing in the 2nd round is comparable to making the finals, I'm sorry oh great one, you are so right. Maybe next year they'll crown the loser of the 2nd round champions. You should try to go petition that.

Oh, and if you REALLY want to compare injuries, the Lakers team has more. I'm sure Kobe without the injuries he's nursing now would pretty much own your team. Sorry.

appolo,

It does not matter that Bynum/Ariza were not healthy. Celtic fans only care about KG.

btw, learn how to spell Intelligent, and Los Angeles!

btw, learn how to spell Intelligent, and Los Angeles!

Posted by: jac | June 12, 2010 at 03:02 PM

Lol Loss Angeles.

Its not your fault, you have an excuse, youre a Laker fan.

Jac,

Are you one of the people that talk better shit than me? What do you mean by better? Do you mean the taste? Or do you mean talk more shit than me?

Please define "better" shit.

Btw since you are such an expert in shit and are such a good speller, please help Appolo with his spelling.

Lol Loss Angeles.

If 'Drew can play 30 minutes in all the remaining games, I like the Lakers' chances a lot better, for sure, if he can't.

Celtic Nation,

I'm talking about your spelling because your questioning my intelligence. So why don't you brush up on your grammar before you come off looking like a fool.

Loss Angeles. lol okay if this is funny than sure but, I don't get how that really applies. I mean, the Lakers are going to beat your team any day now...


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