Andrew Bynum suffered no setbacks in his bruised right knee and will play Sunday in Game 1 of the Lakers’ first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Hornets. Matt Barnes said his sore right knee was improved after he had it drained of fluid Thursday and said he planned to play Sunday. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Friday that Barnes was “probable.” Today, Jackson called Barnes, “questionable.” Asked about it, Jackson joked, “He’s probably questionable.” Steve Blake won’t play because of chicken pox.
Asked if the Lakers were ready after finishing the regular season with losses in five of seven games, Kobe Bryant said rather succinctly, “The moment is here.”
My prediction: Lakers in four.