As soon as Lakers center Andrew Bynum took the court against the Clippers, it seemed hard to believe that just an hour earlier he sat by his locker debating whether to play.
His moderately sprained left ankle had kept him sidelined against New Jersey and he did not want to watch another game on television.
But his ankle was sore and he did not want to further aggravate it.
Bynum worked out with assistant coach Darvin Ham before tip-off and decided that his ankle was strong enough to support the thrashing it would take from his 285-pound body.
He went on to play without a hitch even though he was in discomfort, leading all scorers with 36 points and eight rebounds...