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Andrew Bynum, Matt Barnes Expected To Play This Weekend When Playoffs Begin For Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers received good news on Wednesday, heading into their regular season finale against the Sacramento Kings. Both Andre Bynum and Matt Barnes got their MRI results back, and the news was good. From the Lakers' press release:

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who injured his right knee in last night’s game versus the San Antonio Spurs, had an MRI this morning. Results of the MRI showed that Bynum has a bone bruise, but the injury is not deemed to be serious.

Lakers forward Matt Barnes also had an MRI exam on his sore right knee, which was surgically repaired on January 11, 2011. Results of Barnes’ MRI showed no new damage.

Both players are expected to be ready to play when the Lakers open the playoffs this weekend.

The Lakers need to win tonight, or have Dallas lose to New Orleans, to secure the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. As the No. 2 seed, the Lakers would face either New Orleans or Memphis in the first round. If they are the No. 3 seed, the Lakers would face Portland.

For more news and information about the Lakers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Silver Screen and Roll.