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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Andrew Bynum questionable for Sunday's Game 1

By Brian Kamenetzky

Well, given his history it could have been worse, but the injury suffered by Andrew Bynum to his right knee in Friday's series clinching win over the Oklahoma City Thunder definitely left a mark, reports ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin.

An MRI Saturday revealed a small tear of his anterior horn (i.e. the front) of his lateral meniscus in his right knee. Say it five times fast. I'll wait...

Bynum is officially listed as day-to-day, and he's questionable for tomorrow's Game 1 against Utah at Staples.

Interestingly, the injury isn't necessarily new. Writes McMenamin: "The Lakers said they became aware of the tear last June when Bynum came in for his end-of-season exit interview, but Bynum was able to play with the injury without it bothering him during the 2009-10 season. When Bynum hyperextended his right knee... (Friday), the tear went from "very small" to "small."

Obviously the tenor of the series changes from the start if Bynum can't go. In combination with Pau Gasol, his presence gives the Lakers more size than the relatively small Jazz can comfortably handle. If Bynum were to miss time, Jerry Sloan's defensive game plan gets a lot less complicated.

More on this as it develops...