ESPN: After having his right knee drained of fluid for the second time this postseason, Lakerscenter Andrew Bynum says he’ll be ready to go for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics.
“One-hundred percent sure I’m playing,” Bynum said when asked after Saturday’s practice about his status.
Bynum had fluid drained from his right knee after Boston evened the series 2-2 with a 96-89 win Thursday night. He was encouraged the swelling had not returned. He had fluid drained from the same knee before the series and the swelling reappeared.
He knows it will happen again.
“It’s going to come back after Game 5, for sure,” Bynum said. “It’s guaranteed. But as long as I’m able to be out there and be effective, that’s what counts.”
Bynum has a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his knee. Surgery is scheduled for July with an expected rehabilitation period of 2-5 five weeks, he said.