ESPN: Lakers center Andrew Bynum sat out practice this week to rest his injured right knee, but the time off didn’t do him much good.
After participating in Saturday afternoon’s practice, Bynum said the knee isn’t cooperating.
“It’s just worse. A little worse, but I’m still able to play through it so I’m going to keep pushing ahead,” he said.
Bynum said he will receive treatment and play when the Lakers open the Western Conference finals Monday night at Staples Center against the Phoenix Suns.
Bynum suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 30th, but has continued to play through the pain. The injury, he said, became worse “probably in Game 3, Game 4″ of the Lakers’ second round series against the Utah Jazz. Bynum was effective in the first two games, averaging 12.5 points and 12 rebounds, but didn’t score in Game 3 and had six in Game 4 as the Lakers swept Utah.
Overall, Bynum averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in just under 25 minutes during the series.
Structurally, Bynum said the injury is no worse than before.
“[The problem is] keeping more swelling [out]. Not like the structure, but it’s creating more swelling because I’m playing with an injured limb,” he said. “It’s just something that I’m just going to continue to treat, continue to try and pump the swelling out, milk it, and take it from there.”