"I doubt there's going to be a comeback this year," Bynum said Friday. "I've got to get my knee straight. At this point, I'd have to train for a good month just to be able to go out there and play."Again, it's expected, and you imagine the L.A. coaching staff and roster has figured out what they'll do without him. (Hell, they sure showed Denver they knew what they could do without him.) Of course, Utah's one of those teams in which you can use as many big bodies as possible, as Carlos Boozer is a beast. You'd feel a whole lot better about Bynum slowing down Boozer than you feel about Pau Gasol, yes?
L.A.'s defense has been much improved all around this year, with the interior and possibly point guard open to exploitation. Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar have been very good defensively this season, but Deron Williams is a-whole-nother beast -- big and strong and physical. Of course, Utah can probably not dream of stopping Kobe nor Pau. Which is all to say this is going to be one hell-of-a offensive shootout, in all likelihood.