Andrew Bynum > Chris Bosh
Lakers 112, Raptors 99. Above is every Laker field goal before garbage time when things got really sloppy. Ho hum, it’s been difficult finding new things to write about when the Lakers do the same thing every night – dominate. So far the average margin of victory has been +13.7 points per game.
But tonight, the big story is the fact that Andrew Bynum is back! Thus far, Bynum has been doing what he needs to do on the defensive end, but lacked on the offensive end. Sure, its unreasonable to expect 20 and 10 a night from Bynum, but that isn’t what bothered me. What bothered me was Bynum’s lack of aggressiveness. After setting picks, he wouldn’t roll. No slips screens, either. He was also unwilling to punch in from the weakside to the strongside to seal his man near the block, which would lead to an easy basket. But tonight, and even in the Dallas game, he looked like the Bynum of January 2008.
He had no blocks tonight, but he shut Bosh down and held him to just 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 turnovers in 36 minutes. He made Bosh take tough shots. The Laker frontcourt was a different story: Bynum had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 0 turnovers in 29 minutes. Gasol finished with 24 points, and 9 rebounds in about the same amount of time. Phil even kept Bynum on the floor for the majority of the 4th quarter to seal the deal and let Pau sit it out. Up until now, I still believed that if we played Boston in a series, we would lose because of the Powe, Perkins, Garnett frontcourt. However, if this is the Andrew Bynum we see from here on out, Boston’s in truh-bull.