EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum's troublesome right knee has been drained of excess fluid.
Bynum said Monday he hopes the procedure will allow him to play closer to full strength in the NBA finals against the Boston Celtics. Los Angeles hosts Game 1 on Thursday night.
The Lakers discovered a small tear in Bynum's meniscus during their first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, and the injury has limited him. He still has started all 16 of the Lakers' playoff games, averaging 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Coach Phil Jackson says Bynum is likely to be limited, but should play against the Celtics. Bynum's low-post defense could be valuable after two previous playoff series against teams that couldn't match the Lakers' height.
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