Don’t question Bynum’s toughness…
ESPN: …”Ummm, I mean, I’m good enough to play,” Bynum said after practice Saturday as the Lakers prepared to fly to Phoenix for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
“I don’t know the exact number, but I’m good enough.”
Bynum has been good enough to play 23 minutes per game since injuring the knee while providing a presence with his 7-foot, 285-pound frame, allowing the Lakers to function at as close to 100 percent as they have all season. The Lakers have reeled off eight straight wins heading into Sunday, seven of them with a balky Bynum in there.
“Andrew is giving us all he’s got, and he’s playing with soreness and with a tough injury, so when he’s effective and he’s productive for us in the short amount of time he’s out there, it’s a big plus,” Pau Gasol said. The Spaniard knows full well the opportunities that Bynum’s sheer size — and the attention that opposing defenses have to grant him — create for the power forward.