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Lakers never considered sending Bynum home

Despite having his right knee drained twice already, including immediately after Game 4, Andrew Bynum [1] will play and start Game 5 against the Celtics [2].

“No change since this morning,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson [3] announced before the game. “You know, he’s ready to play the game and ready to go out there and perform.”

Jackson was also asked if the Lakers considered sending Bynum home to Los Angeles after Thursday’s Game 4 when the knee was drained so he could rest up for Games 6 and 7, if necessary. “Not even considered,” Jackson responded.