Andrew Bynum crumpled to the floor in a heap after taking a fall during Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Lakers game against the San Antonio Spurs. Bynum, who is already wearing a massive brace on his injured right knee, appeared to hyper-extend his knee while changing directions in the key on a San Antonio break. After going down awkwardly, Bynum stayed down, folding his arms across his knees and burying his head in disgust.
After staying down for more than a minute, even as play continued around him, Bynum was finally helped up and walked off the floor on his own power. With a trainer in tow, Bynum headed straight to the locker room for further examination and has yet to return to the bench.
With two games left and a playoff spot already locked up, the Lakers are simply playing for seeding, working to guarantee themselves the No. 2 seed. Bynum’s injury revives an age-old debate around playoff time as coaches weight resting starters vs. playing out the season.
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