In a meeting with reporters this morning, Andrew Bynum told reporters that he will play in Game 5 despite the increasingly painful ligament tear in his knee.
Bynum is considered to be the deciding factor in this series, as it’s been his impact that’s been most effective for the Lakers. Without Bynum, the Lakers have been vulnerable to front court attacks from Glen Davis and Kevin Garnett and the matchup sets tend to swing in favor of Boston.
While Bynum did confirm that he’ll play, he did say his knee will again determine how many minutes he’ll play. Him getting minutes in Game 5 is considerably different from getting significant minutes in Game 5. And just as he’s feeling better after having the knee drained, again, odds are just as good that he could be feeling worse on Sunday.
Still, this comes as good news for the Lakers who have to feel like they have a good shot at taking a lead back to LA with a chance to close out the Celtics. Some have said that depending on Glen Davis and Nate Robinson is not a sound strategy for the Celtics and that the Lakers have proven they cant take care of business as long as a series of things don’t go wrong for them.
The Celtics may want to try and attack Bynum early to get him moving and not let him rest. They don’t have a player that can matchup with him in the post, but the more impact his knee sustains, the more he’ll feel it on offense.
It’s bizarre that in a series with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Marquis Daniels, that it’s the 22-year-old’s knee that has been the topic of the most discussion, but it also speaks to Bynum’s resiliency in the face of a severe injury that he’s managed to have such an impact when he’s been able to stay on the floor.