Bynum plans to play

Andrew Bynum intends to play in Game 1 today against the Utah Jazz. What, you expected something different? He has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee and Lakers coach Phil Jackson will watch him closely. Bynum averaged 12 points and nine rebounds during the Lakers’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round after sitting out the final 13 regular-season games because of a strained left Achilles tendon. Also, Jackson said Sasha Vujacic could begin running again soon and might be able to play in the series. Vujacic suffered a sprained left ankle in the regular-season finale against the Clippers.

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