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In the first game without Andrew Bynum, whose absence can last up to two weeks (so far as everyone has been told), the Lakers started lethargically on the floor in the first quarter before finally picking up their game in the second quarter.

On this Noche Latina at Staples, L.A.’s favorite Spanish representative, Pau Gasol, dominated quickly and accurately inside. Pau’s stroke of late has looked exceptionally smooth. He’s going at the basket strong, his mid-range jumper looks sharp as can be and even his free throws are finding their way into the hoop. Finishing the night off with 28 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one block, Pau appears back to his usual, quiet dominating self. With the absence of Andrew for the next couple of weeks (hopefully no more than that), the quality of Pau’s time on the floor needs to be as efficient and pristine (minus the four turnovers) as it was tonight.

Kobe Bryant, who for the last few games has taken on the role of facilitator, locked in offensively in the first half tonight. His 3-point shooting has been somewhat M.I.A. since his return from injury, but tonight he launched and hit three 3-pointers in a row without breaking a stride. With 24 points on 10-17 shooting, not to mention four assists and three rebounds, Kobe’s obviously aware of what he needs to contribute without another scorer like Andrew on the floor.

Ron Artest chipped in 16 points on a rare, but welcome, offensive effort of 7-10, plus three steals.

Lamar Odom wasn’t as involved offensively as Andrew’s absence usually dictates, but his 13 rebounds and six assists are what make him valuable to this team.

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I like the way Phil sees the situation the Lakers are in right now.

O.C. Register: Jackson wants to see full effort leading to an undefeated trip through San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston, New Orleans and Atlanta — re-establishing the Lakers’ championship veneer.

“4-1’s acceptable, but that’s not what champions look for.”

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He needs all the rest he can get, a healthy Bynum is what we want!

ESPN: Andrew Bynum’s left Achilles tendon is not torn, and the Los Angeles Lakers are cautiously optimistic their starting center can return from his latest injury in two weeks.

Yet Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Sunday he can’t predict a return timetable for Bynum, who strained his tendon early in the third quarter of the defending NBA champions’ win over Minnesota on Friday night.

“We really have nothing definitive about it,” Jackson said. “We really don’t know how this therapy is going to come out. The best thing I heard today is that he felt better from Day One to Day Two.”

An MRI on Saturday showed the injury wasn’t as serious as the Lakers initially feared, revealing no tears in Bynum’s heel. Yet Jackson acknowledged Bynum’s lost conditioning and the Lakers’ overall cautiousness with their oft-injured center could keep him out until shortly before the playoffs in mid-April.

“An Achilles or a leg injury is something you can’t really stay in great shape with,” Jackson said. “Taking off and landing, all your power moves, are something you’re going to have to adjust.”

Bynum was inactive for the Lakers’ home game against Washington on Sunday, and he won’t play on Los Angeles’ ensuing five-game road trip. He is averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds this season, third on the Lakers in both categories.

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Bynum’s MRI confirmed a left Achilles strain. Good news is that there is no tear. He will be reevaluated in a week & is out until then.

KevinDing: MRI results show no rupture in Bynum’s Achilles’ and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

BA_Turner: Andrew MRI results confirmed a strained left Achilles tendon. He will be reevaluated in 1 week. Drew will miss at least 4 games.

latmedina: MRI confirmed he had the left achilles tendon. With being evaluated next week, that means Bynum will miss at least 4 games

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The thousand watt smile — it’s been awhile since Lamar Odom’s flashed his infectious grin for everyone, but after nailing a fourth shot from downtown towards the end of the game, how could he hide his delight? Lamar was just one of six Lakers who scored in double figures tonight and on a very rare occasion, had single digit rebounds and, what’s this? Zero assists? Yes, this is a rarity, but for a change, Lamar was on the receiving end of passes from assist leader of the evening, Kobe Bryant.

Kobe’s career high in assists for one game is 15 and tonight he passed out 13 dimes. He had seven assists before he even scored his first points on two free throws with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. He tossed numerous, perfectly-timed lobs to Andrew Bynum; in an ode to Showtime, threw a behind-the-back pass to Lamar for his first three-pointer of the game and another behind the back assist, off a Jordan Farmar pass in transition, that was met by a running Pau Gasol who dunked (Hooray, Pau dunked!) and was rewarded with an and-1, which he made.

By halftime, the Lakers had a ten-point lead, with Pau and Andrew leading the way with 11 points apiece.

Kobe didn’t even hit his first field goal until the second quarter — a three-pointer that, upon hitting the net, had him smiling the entire way to the Wolves’ basket. He ended with 22 points to go with the baker’s dozen of assists, not to mention his 4 steals. He did have 5 turnovers, which is never good but it’s obvious his hand injury still plagues him. He played the part of facilitator tonight and, despite the excitement he ensues in everyone who watches his myriad of scoring killer instincts, his court vision, orchestration and execution is, quite simply, an even greater sight to behold. One nod of his head to the right, one point of his finger to the left and suddenly, everyone is in optimum scoring position.

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Not a good way to start the weekend that’s for sure.

ESPN: Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum left Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a strained left Achilles’ tendon.

Bynum exited the game with 10 minutes 9 seconds left in the third quarter and headed to the locker room along with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti where the 7-footer remained for the rest of the game.

The fifth-year center, who was averaging 20.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during the Lakers’ four-game winning streak coming into Friday’s game, had 11 points on four-for-five shooting and five rebounds before leaving.

Bynum will be re-evaluated Saturday by team doctors.

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The fans have spoken, and the all-time Lakers moments have been seeded. 32 Lakers moments will square off against one another to see which indeed is the TOP Lakers moment of all-time. And in the end, five rounds will determine the true winner.

Best of all, each and every matchup will be voted on by you; the fans.

The moments that advance, round by round, will be announced on Voice of the Nation!

Let the games begin…

Polls closed for Round 1 — Results during the next episode of Voice of the Nation!

Brackets after the break…

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David and Greg dive into the 4-game winning streak and talk about a new re-focused Lakers team.

Also in this program…

  • Kobe’s thoughts on bench play
  • A Sasha sighting!
  • Bynum explains why he is playing better
  • The fans have spoken and… Top Lakers Moment Bracket is revealed! 32 moments/16 matchups
  • We play your voicemails
  • Luke Walton close to being back
  • Preview Lakers next two Games vs Minnesota and Wizards
  • G asks why we he doesn’t have more Twitter followers?
  • And much much more…

Top Lakers Moments Bracket comin’ later today. Sorry for the delay, folks!

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #74

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It looks like Luke is very close to returning to the team!

L.A.Times: Walton has traveled with the team to get treatment on his back. His plan was to work out Wednesday and try to practice Thursday “I’m getting closer to being back,” Walton said. “I’m going to do some half-court stuff, which to me means I won’t be able to sleep [Tuesday] night. That’s how excited I am just to practice.”

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