Andrew Bynum injury cause for concern?

February, 2, 2011

Andrew Bynum skipped Tuesday's game against the Houston Rockets due to a bone bruise in his left knee. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that the injury is not to the knee that required surgery during the offseason. Bynum's trying to stay positive, saying he plans to play Thursday against the San Antonio Spurs.

The reality, though, is that an injury of any nature to a guy prone to sitting out long stretches like Bynum is bad news. It doesn't help any that coach Phil Jackson said he didn't have a timeline for when Bynum would be healed. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Lamar Odom started in Bynum's stead and cranked out 20 points, 20 boards, 4 dimes and 2 3s in 49 minutes of work in an overtime victory. Just a little reminder of what he can do when he gets full starter's minutes. No one would benefit more than Odom if Bynum's latest malady lingers.

Looking Back

• The Portland Trail Blazers had a scheduling quirk that had them playing no games between Thursday and Tuesday. Nicolas Batum took advantage of the long layoff to rest the bone bruise in his left knee, sustained Thursday, and was able to lace up and start against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday. His stats were poor -- 8 points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3-pointers), 6 assists and 2 turnovers -- but he played almost 35 minutes, so his knee must have felt pretty good. Barring a setback overnight, he should be good to go Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

• The extended downtime for the Blazers wasn't enough to get Batum's teammate Marcus Camby back from his knee surgery. In fact, Camby already has been ruled out for their three-game road trip that tips off tonight in Denver and runs through the weekend. That means the earliest we could see him would be Tuesday. However, after that game, the Blazers have only four more contests before the All-Star break. Considering Camby's age and injury history, it would make a lot of sense for him to wait until after the break to test out his joint in a game.

Looking Ahead

• If you can tweak your lineups before things tip off tonight, you should pay close attention to the weather. There's a good chance we are going to see game postponements tonight due to the latest winter storm to whip through the east. Nearly all of the games tonight take place in cities affected by the snow. In fact, the Toronto Raptors currently are stuck in Indianapolis, so only time will tell whether they can even make it to Atlanta by Wednesday evening.

• The Milwaukee Bucks haven't made an announcement regarding the MRI that Andrew Bogut had on his injured knee Tuesday, but it sounds like he may be OK. Bogut left Monday's game after banging knees with Randy Foye, and his status for Wednesday could be a game-time call. With back-to-back games against the running Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, it's going to have to feel pretty good if he's going to get on the hardwood.

Rodney Stuckey will miss his third straight game Wednesday night due to a bruised right shoulder. Stuckey said he's still trying to regain strength in the joint and that he has no timetable for his return. Keep him out of your lineups and ride Ben Gordon while he's hot and making the most of the extra touches.

Tom Carpenter is a fantasy basketball analyst for



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