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Bynum no worse for wear

He’ll rest his knee until he’s needed

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / June 5, 2010

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LOS ANGELES — As the Lakers worked through the last half-hour of practice yesterday, center Andrew Bynum emerged wearing track pants and a T-shirt. It was a day of treatment and therapy for Bynum, who had his right knee drained earlier this week.

Bynum was able to participate in most of Wednesday’s practice and played 28 minutes in the Lakers’ 102-89 victory over the Celtics Thursday. With two days before Game 2, rest was all Bynum could think about. He said the days between games are “huge’’ because he doesn’t know if he’ll participate in a full practice. “I’ll definitely get some shots up,’’ he said.

Bynum said his knee doesn’t feel any worse, which is considered positive. He said the main focus is to limit swelling.

Bynum scored 10 points and collected six rebounds in Game 1. The 7-foot, 285-pounder gives the Lakers size in the paint that it lacked in 2008 when Bynum was injured. LA’s frontcourt played aggressively, and the Lakers finished with a big edge in rebounding (42-31) and points in the paint (48-30).

“I think they’re going to be more aggressive and try to attack us in the inside,’’ Bynum said of Game 2. “We’re going to be ready for that and at the same time we just got to keep doing what we’re doing and not turn the ball over and not allow them to get fast-break opportunities and kick out threes.’’

Between a Rock . . .
A quick camera shot during Game 1 showed actor/comedian Chris Rock jabbering to Kobe Bryant while he was on the bench.

Bryant, who finished with a game-high 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, said he didn’t even notice.

“You know, I didn’t know anything about it until it was mentioned to me after the game,’’ Bryant said. “I didn’t even know.’’

Taking it in stride
Even though he’s in his 14th season and playing for his fifth championship ring, Lakers guard Derek Fisher can keep things in perspective.

Fisher and his wife, Candace, have four children. In 2007, Fisher stepped away from basketball to be with his daughter, Tatum, who was battling cancer. Through that experience and the everyday family interactions, Fisher said he learned to appreciate basketball’s place.

“Being married and being a father, I think the biggest thing that jumps out at me is the ability to handle adversity and a loss or a bad game or whatever that you consider to be negative in sports,’’ Fisher said. “When there is a certain peace that you have at home, you’re able to let those things go and come back and fight again.

“I used to carry a loss or a bad game for way too long and now when I get home the kids are asleep but the next morning when I see them, they don’t know how many points we won by or lost by or how many points I scored . . . None of that really matters, so it really helps me to just take a breath and remember this is still basketball. It’s important to us and our fans but it isn’t everything. I’m still focused and intense but I’m able to enjoy and smile and laugh a lot more.’’

Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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