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Jackson optimistic Bynum will play in Game 4

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  June 9, 2010 02:03 PM

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Lakers coach Phil Jackson is "optimistic" that Andrew Bynum will be available for Game 4 tomorrow night, but he doesn't expect to make an official decision until tomorrow.

Bynum tweaked his knee late in the third quarter last night and continues to get treatment on the knee, which has been watched closely throughout the series.

"We won't be able to have any kind of answer on that until tomorrow," Jackson said. "He'll go through the process he goes through, which tries to take some of the swelling down and alleviate some of the discomfort, and then he'll have some recovery time between anow and then, 36 hours or whatever it is. So there's still an opportunity for that to happen."

Bynum said he "will be playing" tomorrow and doesn't expect anything different. He played 29 minutes last night and scored 9 points and collected 10 rebounds. Bynum said he feels the most pain when he makes sudden movements, but "it's something I have to deal with."

Bynum continues to undergo a process of treatments that include ice, heat and taping. Before games, Bynum said he has been meditating and trying to focus on his responsibilities and not his knee.

"I get time to just think and visualize what's going to happen during the course of a game," Bynum said. "It's kind of like playing a game before you do it in your mind."

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