Andrew Bynum told the media today that he is definitely playing in Game 5 Sunday.
Rajon Rondo doesn’t care.
“It doesn’t really [impact what I do],” said Rondo. “Bynum obviously changes my shot, but [Lamar] Odom usually switches off the pick-and-roll. It doesn’t really change how I approach the game or the sets I call. I haven’t called a lot of pick-and-rolls this series, but I’m still trying to get our bigs in pick-and-roll with Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen].”
Rondo was asked if he was more likely to go to the basket with Bynum out of the game.
“I’m always likely to go to the basketball regardless,” said Rondo. “I don’t really — there’s not a shot blocker in there when Bynum is out, but I’m going to the basket regardless of whether it’s Bynum, Dwight [Howard], whoever it is.”
Kendrick Perkins played it a little safer with his comments on Bynum.
“With Andrew on the court I think it makes them a better defensive team,” said Perkins. “It makes them a better post-up team. [Pau] Gasol is able to roam free. He’s able to move to the four. With Bynum being out I kind of like the matchup where I have to guard Gasol. He’s not going to bang you as much as Bynum will. It helps me a lot.”
Perkins may like that matchup, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson doesn’t like how Perkins plays against Gasol.
“He’s got the ability to displace Pau even though that’s not part of the standards of the game,” said Jackson. “But he does move him off the post. He has less mobility on the outside perhaps than Kevin does, and so Pau has to step out and use his speed and quickness as opposed to perhaps post up position and size.”