Interesting move.

ESPN: The Lakers have won 10 out of their last 12 games in the playoffs since Kobe Bryant got his bothersome right knee drained prior to Game 5 of Los Angeles’ first-round series with Oklahoma City. Now the Lakers hope that a similar procedure done to Andrew Bynum will help them win four out of seven games in the NBA Finals to capture the championship against the Boston Celtics.

The 22-year-old Lakers center had his right knee drained (or “aspirated” in medical terms) Monday morning.

Bynum suffered a slight tear of the meniscus of his right knee in Game 6 against the Thunder and has been limited in the playoffs, averaging 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 24.2 minutes per game while recovering from a late-season strain to his left Achilles and navigating the pain and swelling that accompanied the right knee injury.

“It was just getting worse,” Bynum said after the Lakers film session in preparation for the Celtics on Monday. “The swelling wasn’t leaving so we had to do it … I was doing the treatment, but [the swelling] wasn’t going anywhere like in the previous three rounds so I just had to drain it.”

Bynum said he could not feel any immediate benefit from the drain because there was still medicine in the knee numbing the pain, but said he would find out if the procedure had a positive impact Wednesday, when he plans to return to practice.

“It supposedly will make you feel more healthy, so that I’ll find out come practice day,” Bynum said. “I think that practice is going to be what kind of determines that for me, especially because I’ll be running on it and cutting and it will be a full, hard day.”

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  • NBAchamps2008

    I thought they said it couldn’t be drained. This is good news, I guess.

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

    Good news indeed- we need him to be as good as he can be….. i’m a big Bynum fan and i have been saying all playoff that he should NOT be traded for Bosh ( even in the future)- and that he will play well vs Boston- i still believe that 100%.

    Even if he is only able to provide us with defense and rebounding- that is great. Defense wins ships….

  • lakers0828

    Yeah I hope Bynum Can Play Like Kobe when Kobe had his Knee drained that would be great

  • rondo

    Andrew will be alright. I think all young people grow as time goes on. Sometimes not as fast as some people want him to grow . But when you are always watching you never see the growth. Sometimes you watch so hard you never realize how much he has grown.

  • lakers are the bomb

    Bynum if you want to be a Laker and become a star like the past Laker bigs, Wilt,Kareem,Snack, you need to step up play big. Like some one is squeezing your balls every position. Because thats what Boston is going to do.

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    I hope this helps Drew like it did Kobe.

    Lakers in 6! Let’s get it.

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