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Updated: Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol (bone bruise) sense improvement with sore knees

April 4, 2011 |  1:33 pm

Gasolnene The Lakers are six games from the playoffs, but nobody cared Monday.

All eyes were on two right knees. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol both reported feeling better than they did the previous night, when they each walked stiffly around the locker room after the Lakers’ 95-90 loss to Denver on Sunday.

Bynum said he felt no lingering pain after Lamar Odom crashed into his surgically repaired knee. Gasol will still have a precautionary MRI exam but seemed fine.

“I feel actually a little better than I did [Sunday] night, which is a good sign,” Gasol said. “I feel good about it. Obviously I’m not 100% sure but we’ll find out soon enough.”

Gasol had an MRI on his right knee and the Lakers said late Monday afternoon that he has a bone bruise, and is listed as day-to-day.

Gasol was injured when Denver center Nene fouled him early in the third quarter. Gasol’s knee buckled under him after an off-balance landing. Gasol went to the locker room for a few minutes before returning to the game.

“It was scary because of the way I fell and the way I felt,” Gasol said. “It was a scary moment for me but I was able to get up and while I was walking the pain was kind of decreasing, so that’s a good sign too.”

Kobe Bryant couldn't resist prodding Gasol.

"He's fine," Bryant said with light-hearted sarcasm. "Don't baby him."

The Lakers play Utah on Tuesday and then have a two-game trip to Golden State and Portland.

Bynum, for his part, didn't seem concerned at all about his knee, though he offered an assist to the big, bulky brace he always wears.

"I'm all right. I'm good," he said. "It's crazy. I had the brace on. That's what saved it."

-- Mike Bresnahan and Mark Medina

Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol sees his shot blocked by Denver's Nene in Sunday's game at Staples Center. Credit:  Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press