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Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum holds his knee after falling during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

Lakers’ Bynum suffers bone bruise, is ready to go for playoffs


Lakers fans have never been so happy to hear the words “bone bruise” before.

An MRI on Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee — the one surgically repaired last summer and tweaked last night in a game against the Spurs — shows only a bone bruise, according to a release by the team.

He will be ready to play when the Lakers open the playoffs this weekend. (That game will almost certainly be at 3:30 Eastern Sunday on ABC, although the opponent is still up in the air, it will be either New Orleans or Memphis.)

Bynum injured his knee running back up the court on defense Tuesday night, trying to stick with the Spurs DeJuan Blair and in doing so stepped on Blair’s foot. Bynum’s leg slid out from under him at an awkward angle. After the game both Blair and Lakers guard Shannon Brown (who was close to the play) called the fall “scary” because it looked so bad.

Bynum sat on the floor for a minute then when he did get up went straight to the locker room not to return to the game. However, he walked out of the arena last night with almost no limp and saying that while the injury hurt at first it had gotten considerably better.

All of which is good news for the Lakers — Bynum and his being an anchor on defense is key to the team’s three-peat chances.

The Lakers also announced that an MRI on Matt Barnes knee showed no new damage and he is expected to play this weekend as well.

Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes.

Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene.

When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for a minute, got up and shot free throws, then soon after came out and went to the locker room. He came back out and played the rest of the game without a brace or tape, but the Lakers will not mess around with this. Gasol told the Los Angeles Times he thinks he’ll be fine.

“It allowed me to keep playing, so hopefully it will be nothing,” Gasol said. “There’s some swelling in there.”

Still, the Lakers are giving him an MRI to be sure, with the results expected Monday. Don’t be shocked if he gets a little extra time on the bench over the final 10 days of the season.

Andrew Bynum sat the end of that game after Lamar Odom fell into him and Bynum tweaked his surgically repaired right knee as well. Again the Lakers don’t expect any long-term issues, it was minor, but they will treat this as if his knee is made of eggshells. Which it may be.

The Lakers know that Bynum and Gasol healthy is the key to their title hopes. So expect extreme caution.