Bynum, as expected, to start Game 5

Lakers center Andrew Bynum, the subject of the majority of BasketBlog posts of late, will indeed start Game 5 after missing all but two minutes in Game 4′s second half and getting his knee drained after the game.

“He’s ready to play the game and ready to go out there and perform,” said Lakers coach Phil Jackson prior to the contest.

Bynum had shared on Saturday that he “100 percent” was going to play, feeling confident he’d be able to produce for L.A. in the middle of the floor.