It’s simple, really.
When Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol were healthy in the just-completed 2009-10 regular season, the Lakers went 38-12. That’s a 76 percent win ratio.
When one or both have been hurt, the Lakers went 19-13, a 59 percent win ratio.
L.A. actually managed to go 2-0 when neither big man played in November wins against Memphis and New Orleans at home. The Lakers went 9-6 without Gasol, and 8-7 with no Bynum.
Gasol closed the season on an absolute tear, averaging 27.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 blocks while shooting 65 percent from the field in the five games prior to Wednesday’s season finale (in which he scored 18 points with 17 rebounds in 27 minutes).
Bynum, meanwhile, has maintained for a week that he will play in L.A.’s playoff opener against Oklahoma City on Sunday, allowing Lamar Odom to return to the bench and re-establishing a crucial element to what makes the Lakers so difficult to play against.