The Los Angeles Lakers will try for their 12th win in their last 13 games, tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center, but they will have do so without their starting center. Andrew Bynum has been suspended for two games by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Friday night against Michael Beasley of the Minneosta Timberwolves. The flagrant two happened late in the fourth quarter:
In addition to tonight's game, Bynum will also sit out Tuesday's contest with the Phoenix Suns, also at Staples Center. Bynum has been the key to the Lakers' stellar play since the All-Star break. The center has been extremely active in the pivot, especially on defense. Bynum is averaging 11.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game since the All-Star break, and the Lakers are 11-1. He has had 12 rebounds or more in each of his last seven contests.
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