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Andrew Bynum Questionable for Game 1 of Lakers-Jazz

May 1, 2010 – 7:19 PM
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Tom Ziller

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum left the fourth quarter of Friday's series-clinching win at Oklahoma City with an apparent knee injury, an unfortunately familiar story. Bynum underwent an MRI, and the Lakers announced today the center has a small tear in the anterior horn of his lateral meniscus. The injury will not require immediate surgery. Bynum's questionable for Game 1 against the Jazz on Sunday afternoon.

Portland's Brandon Roy was nearly felled by a meniscus injury -- but that required surgery, which Roy underwent soon after the diagnosis. Instead of the prescribed 4-6 week recovery period, Roy came back eight days later, and played in Game 4 of the Blazers' first-round series against Phoenix. Roy clearly wasn't himself, shooting a disastrous 30% from the floor on his way to 9.7 points a game. Bynum, with a less severe injury and no surgical recovery issues to deal with, figures to have less dampening in his production.

It is assumed the Lakers will turn to Lamar Odom to start at power forward (bumping Pau Gasol to center) if Bynum can't go. Utah's own regular starting center, Mehmet Okur, injured himself early in Game 1 on the Jazz's first-round series against Denver, and has been ruled out of the postseason. Kyrylo Fesenko started the remaining five games of the series, averaging three points and three rebounds in 18 minutes a game. Utah has turned frequently to a Carlos Boozer-Paul Millsap frontline.

But the Jazz may soon add another option, with forward Andrei Kirilenko targeting Friday's Game 3 for a return to the floor.
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