The Los Angeles Lakers managed to end their five-game losing streak by beating the San Antonio Spurs' B-team 102-93 on Tuesday, setting up a wild final day of action. But there was a casualty in the action: Lakers center Andrew Bynum hyperextended his knee in the first half, and will have an MRI on Wednesday. He will not play in Sacramento Wednesday night, and could miss a game or more of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. That sound you heard was Lakers Nation's collective gulp, followed by the collective curse words.
The game was actually tied at halftime as the Lakers looked as disinterested as the Spurs' benched starters did. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Antonio McDyess all sat; as a result, Chris Quinn, Steve Novak, Danny Green and James Anderson all played more than 20 minutes. L.A., meanwhile, needed Kobe Bryant to play 37 minutes, and because of Bynum's injury, Pau Gasol played 41 and Lamar Odom 36. Five-game losing streaks in April make rest impossible, you see.
L.A. needs to beat the Sacramento Kings in what could be that franchise's final game in California's capital in order to finish No. 2 in the West. Welcome back to the starting five, Lamar.