Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Bynum starts Game 2 vs. Jazz
By Dave McMenamin ESPNLosAngeles.com
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bynum started Game 2, and Phil Jackson planned on testing the torn meniscus in the 7-footer's right knee by playing him longer than the 25 minutes he did in Game 1.
"We'll see how it goes out there," Jackson said at the team's morning shootaround Tuesday. "I hope to play him a few more minutes tonight."
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The Utah Jazz announced Tuesday that forward Andrei Kirilenko, who practiced on Monday for the first time since going out with a strained left calf on March 26, will not play in Game 2.
"We hadn't planned for him actually," Jackson said. "We kind of thought it makes sense to have a few extra days and a home court to get out and play on, especially when you've been off as long as he's been off."
Utah had five players score 14 points or more in Game 1, something that Jackson said the Lakers have to remedy.
"They hit us with five guys in double figures," Jackson said. "We have to do a better job.
The Lakers have beaten the Jazz 15 straight games at Staples Center and 19 of their last 25 overall against Utah, but Lakers guard Derek Fisher said the team does not let that success get to their head.
"We don't really look at the numbers that way and assume that because of how many times we've done something that it's going to automatically happen the next time," Fisher said. "I think because we have a healthy amount of respect for them, that's why we've been able to consistently have success.
"If we didn't take them serious, trust me, they'll beat you, so we just have to keep working hard and realizing that this is a worthy opponent and there isn't anything that is going to be easy about beating this team tonight or any time the rest of the series."
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.