NBA: Lakers’ center Bynum has small meniscus tear, questionable vs. Jazz
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has a small tear in the meniscus in his right knee, leaving him questionable for Los Angeles' second-round playoff opener against the Utah Jazz.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Bynum might try to play through the pain in Sunday's opener at Staples Center.
Bynum hyperextended his knee in the first half of the Lakers' series-clinching win over Oklahoma City on Friday night, but played the second half wearing a brace. An MRI exam on Saturday revealed the tiny tear, which apparently was aggravated by his injury.
Bynum missed the last 13 games of the regular season with a strained Achilles' tendon, but returned to average 12 points, nine rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots while starting all six games against the Thunder.