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Can the Lakers get through playofffs without Bynum?


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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 02:36 PM

Let’s say Andrew Bynum doesn’t return in time for the playoffs. What shape would the Lakers be in? Would they be better minus their 7-foot center?

The Lakers did reach last year’s NBA Finals without Bynum.

That question was posed to Phil Jackson on KLAC radio Wednesday and Jackson said he wasn’t sure.

“I think we’re definitely as good,” he said. “I think Pau Gasol has gotten more settled in with what we do. I think the biggest key is we have Trevor Ariza back who really didn’t come back and complete his therapy last year in time to play in the playoffs. He played a little bit, but surprisingly.”

Jackson said before Tuesday’s game that Bynum’s return isn’t imminent, although he was walking without a crutch and is not experiencing any pain.


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Posted February 13, 2009 - 02:47 PM

bynum will be back after only 7 weeks and will have about 10-15 games to get back in shape and then the playoffs will be about getting to maybe 85% of the level he was at

last year the swelling didn't stop for months which was why he never came back

the swelling is already down now again very different injuries while this one is more severe it is also a definate injury meaning there is a specific diagnosis because of specific MRI scans of it

so he should be fine
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Posted February 13, 2009 - 02:56 PM

the lakers success without bynum depends on 2 players

ODOM & GASOL

when gasol and odom play physical like they have been recently lakers have a much greater chance of winning obviously. as long as gasol and odom are attacking those boards and playing at a high level of intesity i think we should do fine.

physicality is the key


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Posted February 13, 2009 - 03:06 PM

^ co sign.

it'll be hard no one said it was gonna be easy.

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 09:46 PM

I bet they can if they played like they did against Boston and Cleveland

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 09:57 PM

Depends if we play defense vs. the Spurs.

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:17 PM

Spurs are fool's gold. They have the savvy, but if they don't make a move, they wont threaten the Lakers in any fashion. The threats in the West, without Bynum, would be the Suns, the Jazz(if healthy). Now all this could change if moves are made.
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Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:22 PM

if odom plays like hes playing now = championship

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:27 PM

if odom plays like hes playing now = championship


He doesn't do that good off the bench but we'll see. Dunno why Walton even starts.

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:52 PM

the lakers success without bynum depends on 2 players

ODOM & GASOL

when gasol and odom play physical like they have been recently lakers have a much greater chance of winning obviously. as long as gasol and odom are attacking those boards and playing at a high level of intesity i think we should do fine.

physicality is the key


Kobe,Gasol,Odom,Farmar and Ariza.

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Posted February 13, 2009 - 11:05 PM

^ I think we need 7 players to play well if we have a are to win a Championship. 1 of those twelve would have to play above their normal level of play. If that player is Kobe, Lamar, or Trevor....then we are guaranteed a Championship. Imagine if Kobe averages 38 on 50% with his teammates doing their thing too, or Trevor being like a Posey-type presence for us, or LO making a push for Finals MVP, though Kobe would STEP HIS GAME UP JUST ENOUGH to make sure he got that trophy on is resume. But I hope Bynum makes this thread dead. Farmar give him your Wolverine blood
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