We need 20 minutes from him tonight.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed uncertainty about Andrew Bynum’s availability for Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, a day after the center declared his injured right knee ready to go.

“He had a little bit of a struggle this morning,” Jackson said during shootaround. “He couldn’t do anything on the court.”

Bynum, who has a torn meniscus in the knee, was scheduled to undergo therapy during the afternoon. Jackson said Bynum would attempt to play.

“We’ll see,” Jackson said. “He’s gonna try it. I think he’ll be game to try it out, but we’ll see how it goes.”

Bynum has averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and nearly three blocks in the Finals, providing a physical presence absent for the Lakers in 2008 when they lost to Boston.

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