Andrew Bynum hasn’t made it through a season the past two years without a major injury. It looks like he may have dodged a bullet and be on his way to a (mostly) full season.
We told you last night Bynum suffered what was diagnosed as a strained Achilles tendon. The sound you hear whooshing last night was the collective breath of the Laker nation. That breath can now exhale as Brad Turner of the LA Times is reporting that Bynum’s MRI results were negative for a tear, and confirmed the strain.
Bynum’s expected to miss two weeks according to Turner.
It’s good news for Bynum and good news for Lakers fans who depend on Bynum’s size as a deterrent inside where they’re not exactly tough as nails. He’s part of the formula along with a suddenly restrained Ron Artest and a smarter Lamar Odom that puts the Lakers into a league of their own.
The only concern is Bynum’s recovery time. He’s notorious for taking far longer than originally diagnosed to come back from injury. His work ethic has been questioned by both his head coach Phil Jackson and legend Tex Winters, so we’ll have to see if Bynum makes it back within the time frame projected or if it lingers. Then again, with the number one seed in the West all but locked up, what’s the rush?
Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.
Gordon Hayward took it from there.
This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*
*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang
Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.
Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.
The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.
But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.
Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.
Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.
Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.
But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.
Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.
Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?