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Bynum injury not considered serious; he'll play this weekend

April 13, 2011 |  2:01 pm

Bynuminjury Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a bone bruise on his right knee but is expected to play in the Lakers' playoff opener Saturday or Sunday.

Bynum was injured in the second quarter of the Lakers' 102-93 victory Tuesday over San Antonio. He stepped on the foot of Spurs center DeJuan Blair while running downcourt to play defense.

Bynum left the game but reported feeling better after it ended. An MRI exam Wednesday confirmed the bruise, and the injury was "not deemed to be serious," according to a statement sent out by the Lakers.

Matt Barnes also had an MRI on his right knee and is expected to play this weekend. He sat out Tuesday's game after reporting soreness in the knee. Barnes had torn cartilage repaired in the knee in January.

Neither Barnes nor Bynum will play Wednesday in Sacramento, the Lakers' regular-season finale.

The Lakers will play either Portland, New Orleans or Memphis in the first round.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum walks off the floor with trainer Gary Vitti after injuring his knee in Tuesday's game against the Spurs. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.


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