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L.A. Times: Two young, ascendant centers — 20-year-old Andrew Bynum of the Lakers and 25-year-old Chris Kaman of the Clippers — were on display Sunday at Staples Center, and they didn’t disappoint.
Bynum, still baby-faced, still learning and growing in his third season out of high school. He played 31 minutes, had six blocks — one short of tying his career high — 14 points and nine rebounds, barely missing his 12th double-double this season.
Kaman, in his fifth NBA season after playing three college seasons, is one of the few bright spots on a team whose playoff hopes were effectively deflated when Elton Brand ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on a practice court in August. Kaman had 16 rebounds and 18 points Sunday but shot only six for 19 from the floor and had no blocked shots in just over 38 minutes.
Advantage? Pretty even.
But the nod ultimately goes to Bynum in this round because his team won.
Even Kaman acknowledged his adversary’s accomplishments.
“He’s so long and he’s got good timing in blocking shots. He got a couple of mine that I thought he wasn’t going to get. He surprised me a little there,” Kaman said.
Bynum’s growth spurt continues