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Bynum Tweaks Injured Knee; Expected to Play in Game 4

Despite playing with a slight tear in his right meniscus, Andrew Bynum has been a force in the paint for the Los Angeles Lakers in these 2010 NBA Finals. Through three games, Bynum has posted averages of 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. If you want to play the game of comparisons, Boston's starting center, Kendrick Perkins, has averaged just 8.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and zero blocks through three games. That's right, Perkins has yet to block a single shot in this series. Bynum blocked seven shots in Game 2 alone. However, his injured right knee might have taken a turn for the worse in the third quarter last night:

A game after playing a personal postseason best 39 minutes Sunday, Bynum played just 29 minutes in Game 3 and only four minutes in the fourth quarter after tweaking his knee that has a slight tear of the meniscus in it and was drained last week prior to the start of the championship round.

Bynum said he first bothered the knee in the third quarter while chasing down a loose ball.

"I stopped real hard and I just felt like a twinge," Bynum said. "I notified the training staff and everything so I came out then."

"It's going to be a little questionable Thursday," Bynum said. "There's a lot of swelling in there because of the couple of little tweaks I got today. What I'm going to do is attack it all day [Wednesday], probably get three treatments in and then take it from there."

Mike Giardi of Comcast SportsNet New England tweeted earlier that Bynum will play in Game 4 tomorrow night:

Lakers center Andrew Bynum says he'll play in Game 4 tomorrow night, despite his knee problems. 

Bynum says what happened to him yesterday is not a setback. "Its just something that's gonna happen."

Update: Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles also tweeted that Bynum will play tomorrow night:

Andrew Bynum on his injury: "I'll be ready. This is it. We have two more games to get and I'm going to play."

Bynum still managed to rip down a series-high 10 rebounds last night in the Lakers' 91-84 Game 3 victory. 

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