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Bynum, who said his progress was steadily moving forward in the near-month he was out, admitted that his ankle has regressed since returning to the court for the start of the series. "I'm definitely positive [mentally] but it feels a little worse," Bynum said. "But [it's] not too bad. It's still something that's not really going to affect the way I play. ... It's definitely not 100 [percent], but it's not that bad." When asked if the tendon's taking a step backwards caused him any doubt about how his body will be able to hold up if the Lakers make a long playoff run, the 22-year-old responded quickly: "No doubt." Jackson is being patient with his center, not expecting Bynum to return to his regular-season averages of 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds immediately. "It's hard to project what level he can play at right now," Jackson said before the game. "It's inconsistent because he's just starting anew again after the injury. I think he'll start to sustain an effort as we go along."