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Andrew Bynum says he plans to play Thursday against San Antonio

February 1, 2011 | 11:18 pm

After missing the Lakers' 114-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday because of a bone bruise in his left knee, center Andrew Bynum said he plans to play in Thursday's game at San Antonio.

"It's good," Bynum said of his knee, speaking briefly outside the Lakers' locker room following the game. "I should be back."

Lakers forward Lamar Odom posted 20 points on eight-of-18 shooting and 20 rebounds while starting in Bynum's place against the Rockets, a role he filled in the first 24 games of the season while Bynum rehabbed his surgically repaired right knee.

Before the game, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he didn't consider Bynum's injury serious, but he expressed uncertainty about how many games the center would miss.

"We don't know how quickly he'll get over this," Jackson said of Bynum, who's averaged 11.4 points on 57.2% shooting and 7.3 rebounds per game in 24 contests, 17 as a starter. "We're going to miss him, but we're relieved that it's not anything worse than that."

-- Mark Medina

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