Los Angeles Lakers: 10 Reasons Andrew Bynum Is Key to Team's Postseason

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Los Angeles Lakers: 10 Reasons Andrew Bynum Is Key to Team's Postseason
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The Los Angeles Lakers have jumped out to a 3-1 series lead against the Denver Nuggets. Although the play of Kobe Bryant (leading all players so far this postseason with 28.3 points per game) has led the charge for the Lakers, the biggest X-factor for the team is Andrew Bynum.

After the Game 3 loss in Denver, Bynum said he wasn’t prepared to play and it showed. The Lakers’ big man went scoreless in the first half of the game on 0-for-3 shooting. Bynum finished with a respectable 18 points, but after a lackluster first half it wasn’t enough to salvage the game.

Now a loaded Oklahoma City Thunder team, clicking on all cylinders after sweeping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, is poised to meet the Lakers in Round 2.

If the Lakers have any chance of beating a wicked-tough Thunder squad and making a championship run, Bynum will have to be mentally and physically prepared to play at his highest level.

Here are 10 reasons why Bynum is the key to the Lakers’ postseason.

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