Bynum, the Lakers’ center, had fluid drained from his knee Thursday night, the second time in as many weeks he has had the procedure done. He also had an MRI exam Friday in Boston that showed no further damage than the torn cartilage he sustained six weeks ago.
As of now, Bynum will try to play Sunday. Here’s Phil Jackson:
“I haven’t got any expectations,” said Jackson, though it sounded like Bynum would again try to play.
“Even with him dragging the leg around a little bit … Andrew still has the length and the strength to capture rebounds that we need,” Jackson said. “So we’ll use him if he’s available and able, but we’re certainly not going to put him in a situation that’s either going to hurt himself or the team.”
One thing Jackson mentions later: transition defense. We’ve seen Boston’s big guys run out on the break early in each of the last two games, and you should expect to see them do so again if Bynum starts Game 5. If he can’t keep up, Jackson may just pull the plug.