5/31 Injury Update: Andrew Bynum

60597134Lakers center Andrew Bynum had his right knee aspirated (drained) on Monday morning by Lakers team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo, according to Lakers spokesman John Black.

Bynum originally hyperextended the knee in Game 6 of the first round of the playoffs, suffering a small tear of the anterior horn of his lateral meniscus.

The 22-year-old played through the injury to average 7.8 points and 8.8 rebounds against Utah in a four-game sweep, and 7.2 points with 5.7 rebounds in six games against Phoenix despite averaging around 20 minutes per game.

Bynum is expected to sit out of Tuesday’s practice, but hopes to get back to work on Wednesday, and offer what he can in the Finals against Boston. Bynum was terrific against the Celtics in two regular season matchups, averaging 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds.

“I expect that he’s going to come out and give us some really good minutes,” said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. “They may not be heavy minutes, but he has some productive things that he’s done against the Celtics in the course of the year.”

Kobe Bryant underwent the same procedure, if for a different ailment, after Game 4 of the Oklahoma City series, and has responded in terrific fashion to score at least 30 points in 10 of the 12 games since.