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Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:54 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 1:57 am
 
Andrew Bynum injures knee against Spurs, diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, MRI tomorrow. 
Posted by Royce Young



Update 1:40 a.m.:
Kevin Ding of the OC Register tweets, "Bynum says he will be fine and will be ready for playoff opener this weekend." Obviously the MRI will tell the real story, but that's at least some encouraging news.

Update 12:53 a.m.:
Phil Jackson told TNT during a third-quarter interview, "I went in and talked to (Andrew Bynum) at half-time, and he said 'I'm (going to) be allright." That's what you'd expect to hear out of Jackson regardless, but it's still a better sign than Jackson spouting off a parable or starting to cry.

Original report
: Things may be much different heading into the playoffs for the defending champs. All of Laker nation will be holding their breath for the results of an MRI Wednesday morning.

Andrew Bynum hyperextended his right knee (that's the one with the brace) during the second quarter of the Lakers' game against San Antonio on Tuesday. He sat on the floor grimacing a bit, then immediately went to the locker room.

Bynum was hurt midway through the second quarter when he stepped on DeJuan Blair's foot. Bynum awkwardly fell to the floor but did walk on his own off re court.

Bynum won't travel with the Lakers to Wednesday night's season finale to Sacramento the team said. The center will have an MRI on Wednesday morning.

Bynum is averaging 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and almost two blocked shots in 54 games this season. His presence alongside fellow 7-footer Pau Gasol is one of the things that make the Lakers so darn dangerous. That size makes them almost impossible to match up with. And then you Kobe Bryant as well and it's easy to see why they've won two titles and are a favorite going in this year. Plus, Bynum has quietly put together a nice season on the interior, especially on the defensive end. All of that changes a great deal if Bynum is out.

But Bynum missed the first 28 games of the regular season following surgery on his right knee and has really become pretty fragile. He partially tore the meniscus in his right knee last season, but postponed surgery until summer to start all 23 playoff games in the Lakers' championship run. (And to make a trip to the World Cup in South Africa.)

He tweaked his knee a week ago in a game and just seems ready to go down at any moment. With him, the Lakers are a dominant interior team. Without him, they're a whole new story.

If he's hurt, things change. But we'll have to wait and see.
Comments

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

I don't think Denver has the experience yet to beat a team like the Thunder but admit they're playing extremely well. As for the Spurs, I think the Spurs are going down against the first decent opponent they play.



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

Crunch - Remeber the Thunder have the hardest road in the playoffs.  They start by playing a improved and deep Denver team followed by the San Antonio Spurs and then the Lakers.  There are a lot of assumptions in your post.  You assume OKC gets by both Denver and the Spurs and you assume the Lakers get by New Orleans/Memphis and then Dallas/Portland. 


I have to agree you. You always have something intelligent to say. I guess the reason I said that was because the Thunder gained some valuable experience from last year's playoffs vs the Lakers. And with the addition of Perkins they're even more experienced. I agree with what you're saying that Denver and the Spurs won't be easy to get past but the Thunder are just so quick, explosive and atheltic. They also have youth on their side and look like an up and coming powerhouse. They remind me of a team that's about to take over. With Bynum healthy I think the Lakers can hold them off for another year but it won't be easy. Without Bynum I think the Thunder's speed would really give the Lakers problems. I really believe that for the Lakers or anyone to make the Finals they will have to beat the Thunder somewhere along the way. Just my opinion.



Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

The problem with a quick return might be more mental than physical.

If they can't win in the first round without him, they wouldn't be going all the way in any case - so I'd like to see them play it cautious with him because they WILL need him to take the Championship, but that's 100% both in mind and body!



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

he probably has a cortisone shot before every game.

One can only be given 3 cortisone shots a year. The medicine is designed to last months not minutes...just an fyi. Perhaps you're thinking of novacaine?



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

One has to wonder about the condition of Bynum's knee.  He wears a five pound big knee brace and he probably has a cortisone shot before every game.  If you have had a shot, "super ouch" are the words that come to mind.  Once the cortisone shot wears off, he will be in pain.  The guy is tough, but his knee can only do so much.  If he can play, he probably won't have the quickness and agility that makes him the great defender and rebounder he is.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

I hope he is ok.  I like Andrew Bynum and hate to see stars get hurt.  The NBA is a star game and without the stars the game is not very good.  Look at the Celtics/Wizards the other night.  I love the Celtics but want to see the NBA playoffs give us a true champion.  I want to see the Champions get knocked off because they were beat and not because they were injured.  Injuries are part of the game but I just hate to see it.  I hope Bynum plays as he is fun to watch. 



Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:53 am
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

Crunch - Remeber the Thunder have the hardest road in the playoffs.  They start by playing a improved and deep Denver team followed by the San Antonio Spurs and then the Lakers.  There are a lot of assumptions in your post.  You assume OKC gets by both Denver and the Spurs and you assume the Lakers get by New Orleans/Memphis and then Dallas/Portland. 

Even if Andrew comes back without an injury to Bynum the Lakers road to the WCF is much more difficult than in previous years.  And the Thunder's road is downright brutal.


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Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:46 am
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Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:33 am
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

BTW, I looked at the video a couple of times and it seemed somewhat bad to me... By the way he went down, his acl should be fine. But the patella tendon should be damaged if only slightly. He needs to sit out the first round.

Not to be picky, but the patella is attached to the tibia by syndesmoses, which is strictly a bone and ligament connection. The tendon you speak of is actually part of the quadriceps femoris, the femoris tendon and neither should be affected...just my opinion.

I cannot say what will happen with the mri results, but to hyperextend the knee logically should not affect the anterior cruciate ligament or the rectus femoris tendon nor patellar ligament at all.  My theory would be the posterior cruciate and superficial damage to the back of the synovial knee capsule.  This is based on hyperextension where the foot moves anteriorly only and not in a medial or lateral direction.

This is only my opinion based on hyperextension and nothing more.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:31 am
 

Andrew Bynum injures knee versus Spurs

the lakers went on a 17-1 run  with Bynum a bit part of that......best Ive seen him play. But he is super-fragile. ITs hopeless.  He simply is never going to stay healthy.  And without him LA is NOT the team to beat anymore.   OKC in particular match up very well now.


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