Sunday, February 1, 2009

Bynum Banged Up vs. Grizz

Andrew Bynum went down last night following a relatively mild collision with Kobe Bryant. Ordinarily the diagnosis of a sprained knee would suffice, but in Bynum’s case, it’s difficult to keep from assuming the worst. While hoping for the absolute best for Andrew Bynum, it’s difficult to keep from thinking back to last season, when he dislocated his left kneecap, again after running into a teammate (last year it was Lamar Odom), again against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Lakers went on to get the win, their sixth in seven games, topping the Grizzlies 115-98, but one can’t help but worry about their championship aspirations if Bynum is sidelined for a significant period of time- especially if it extends into the postseason. An MRI has been scheduled, with the results expected before the Lakers take the floor Monday night in New York, and the specter of another playoff run without Andrew Bynum must be haunting the Lakers.

Rooting interests aside, hopefully all basketball fans are also hoping for a speedy return to the floor for Andrew Bynum, who looked to be elevating his game to a new level recently, averaging 20.3 points, 8.1 rebounds (13.8 in his last five games) and more than 2 blocks in his last twelve games.

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