L.A. Times: As the Lakers wrapped up their final practice before Sunday’s first-round playoff game against the Denver Nuggets, Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza sat together on a large medicine ball.
Sunday and throughout the first round, the injured pair figure to be sharing a spot on the bench.
The odds of Bynum returning for the series from his knee injury were already small and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson ruled him out.
“I’d say it’s fair to say that,” Jackson said today.
As for Ariza, Jackson did not say the defensive-minded small forward was definitely out, but his chances of returning from a foot injury to face the Nuggets are slim.
“I’m not ruling out Trevor,” Jackson said, later adding: “He’s going to have to do some things, but this is a pretty long series and we have some games in between.”