L.A. Times: He’s not quite a novice, but Andrew Bynum is really a neophyte when it comes to experiencing the postseason.
Four years into an NBA career that has been derailed by knee injuries, Bynum has played a total of 57 minutes for the Lakers in the playoffs.
That will all change when Bynum suits up Sunday for the Lakers in Game 1 of the Western Conference best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
“I’m just a little bit excited, a little bit anxious because I’ve never been there, I’ve never had an opportunity to play in an actual playoff series,” Bynum said. “I want to see what the atmosphere is going to be like, how the fans are going to react.”
He knows playoff games are more intense than regular-season games. He knows more is at stake. More important, Bynum knows he has to guard against being too excited to the point it affects his play.
“Well, lucky for me I’m a center, so the harder I play, the closer to the rim I’ll get,” Bynum said. “So the harder I play, the better I’ll do.