Bynum says knee has improved

BOSTON -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum said Wednesday his right knee has improved since receiving treatment and he intends on playing in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Bynum, who has played with a torn meniscus throughout the postseason, limped through the Lakers' Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. He played only four minutes in the fourth quarter after tweaking the knee with 5:17 left in the third, and afterward declared the knee "questionable" for Thursday's game.

"There was swelling after the game yesterday, but it's come back down," Bynum said Wednesday, adding he could play 30 minutes or more if needed.

"Definitely," he said. "This is it. We've got two more games to get and I want to be in for the rest of the show." Bynum insisted the increased pain during Game 3 didn't represent a setback.

"No, no, no," he said about the condition worsening. "That's gonna happen. The doctor told me about that. ... It's just something I have to deal with. It'll hurt every now and again."

Bynum said he expects to undergo surgery after the season ends.

Andy Kamenetzky covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com and is co-author of the Land O'Lakers blog.