Andrew Bynum will be key for Lakers

Despite missteps, center's performance on court will determine team's playoff fate

Updated: April 5, 2012, 8:31 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- All of the Lob City hysteria to start the season failed to take into consideration Andrew Bynum lording over its residents.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat their Staples Center cohabitants, the Los Angeles Clippers, on Wednesday 113-108, taking the season series 2-1 in the process. Leading the way for the Lakers was Bynum, with 36 points on 13-for-20 shooting from the field and 10-for-12 from the free throw line, eight rebounds and four blocks.

The same Bynum who found himself ...

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