Los Angeles Lakers: How They Survived Without Andrew Bynum

When the NBA announced Andrew Bynum would be suspended for two games as a result of his flagrant foul against Michael Beasley, Lakers fans everywhere immediately began to panic.  

Bynum has been absolutely incredible for the Lakers over the last 10 games, averaging 13 points and 14 rebounds over this stretch.  

Plain and simple, if Bynum continues to play at this level during the playoffs, the Lakers will not lose a playoff series to anyone.

Bynum has especially been productive on the defensive end, averaging nearly three blocks per game over his last nine games.  

His most impressive performance came against Dwight Howard, who most consider to be the best center in the world.  It was clear that Bynum wanted to make a statement to the rest of the league that it may not be long before he needs to be in the same discussion as well.  

Bynum had 10 points, 18 rebounds, 4 blocks, and hounded Howard into nine turnovers as the Lakers cruised to a 97-84 victory.  

Needless to say, many felt the Lakers would lose at least one, if not both games without Bynum—and they almost did.  

Luckily, they were able to escape the Staples Center with a 2-0 record and remain in the chase for home court advantage in the Finals against the East, where they currently trail the Chicago Bulls by one game.

Let's take a look at how the Lakers were able to survive the two games without their dominant big man...  

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