Andrew Bynum did not practice, but said his injured right ankle was about the same as it was before he played in Friday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. Bynum certainly looked as if he had no problems, but he admitted Saturday that there was one time in the game that the pain was serious.
“It bothered me one time in the game (Friday) night, when I tried to jump and dunk the ball and it just hurt a lot,” he said. “But it subsided. … If the pain ever increases, I’m going to let everybody know and I’m going to have to take time off. The worst thing that could happen to me at this point is just for the pain to increase. If that would happen, the doctor said that I would need another MRI to see why it happened.”
A bone spur broke free in his ankle during the Lakers’ victory last Tuesday over the New Jersey Nets. There is no risk of further injury, however.
Chris MIhm did not make it through practice because of a sprained left ankle. He participated in the warmup and in half-court drills, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson took him off the court when the team began a full-court scrimmage.
Lamar Odom had an interesting take on the Lakers’ ability to go on scoring runs that stagger the opposition. The Lakers had a 17-0 run that led them past Dallas in the second half.
“Basketball is a game of runs,” he said. “It’s good to know that every game is winnable. Down by 10 points with six or seven minutes to play, we know we’re going to come back and win that game. Is that a position we want to be in? Of course not. You want to beat teams by as many points as possible.”