In his last five games, Lakers center Andrew Bynum has been on an absolute war path, putting up numbers mirroring Lil’ Wayne’s album sales.
Not only is Bynum posting double-doubles to the tune of 26.2 points and 13.8 rebounds per night, but he’s swatting 3.2 shots, shooting 65.3 percent (49-of-75) from the field and 82.5 percent from the free throw line (33-of-40).
Furthermore, you can’t discount these stats due to inferior competition, because Bynum was nearly as effective against Tim Duncan and Emeka Okafor as he was against Al Jefferson and Washington’s JaVale McGee (OK, Clips rookie DeAndre Jordan was another story).
Here are ‘Drew’s game-by-game stats:
Jan. 21 vs L.A. Clippers (105-88 win)
36 minutes, 42 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, 17-of-24 shooting (70.8 percent), 8-of-11 free throws (72.7 percent)
Jan. 22 vs Washington (117-97 win)
27 minutes, 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one block, 8-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)
Jan. 25 vs. San Antonio (99-85 win)
24 minutes, 15 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one assist, one steal, 4-of-10 shooting (40 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)
Jan. 27 vs. Charlotte (117-100 Double OT loss)
41 minutes, 24 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, one assist, 10-of-14 shooting (71.4 percent), 4-of-5 free throws (80 percent)
Jan. 30 @ Minnesota (132-119 win)
30 minutes, 27 points, 15 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, 10-of-15 shooting (66.7 percent), 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent)
After the Friday night game in Minnesota, Bynum even drew praise from the hard-to-impress Kobe Bryant:
“(Bynum) is playing extremely well,” said Kobe. “We’re starting to expect it from him because he’s being aggressive, he’s being assertive, he’s finding his niche where he can operate in the offense. I like it. I like it a lot.
“I think the game where he gained the most confidence was in San Antonio. He had a big game and we lost the game the way that we did. On the bus I said, ‘Hey, you know Tim Duncan is one of the greatest defensive players of all time ever.’ If you can do that to him, you can do that to anybody else. I think for him to have that confidence to play against Tim, that had to kind of sink in for him. He’s one of the best defensive players ever and his confidence has shot through the roof after that. He played extremely well and I think it started from there.”
‘Drew will go for his sixth straight double-double against a Memphis Grizzlies team that’s been without big man Darko Milicic since late December, and starts Pau Gasol’s brother Marc at center. There’s no reason to expect any kind of slip in Bynum’s game, particularly not with his new-found Tiger-Woods-on-Sunday attack mode in full swing…
But that’s why they play the games.
Tip is at 5 p.m. Pacific from the FedExForum.