Lakers coach Phil Jackson does not have "any expectations" for injured center Andrew Bynum. However, there is one thing Jackson is counting on.
"We're going to try and establish the fact that we're going back to LA with a 3-2 lead," Jackson said yesterday. "We believe we can do it. We felt we let one get away [Thursday] night."
"They miss him," Boston coach Doc Rivers said of Bynum, who was limited to only 12 minutes in Game 4. "I mean, he has great size and length, and we attacked the paint yesterday, and Andrew wasn't there. So I mean, obviously when he's not on the floor, there's a big difference."
Neither team practiced yesterday, the first of 2 days off before Game 5 tomorrow night (8 o'clock, ABC). The break comes at a good time for the Lakers, with Jackson saying he thought Kobe Bryant looked tired late in Thursday's game.
Jackson hadn't spoken to Bynum, who planned to see a doctor and get treatment. He has a torn meniscus and recently had fluid drained from the knee, but the swelling has returned. He said Thursday having it drained again could be another option.
Bynum was optimistic he can play tomorrow and Jackson will give him the chance if he's "available and able."
* A day after he and his family visited Cleveland to get a taste of the NBA, Tom Izzo remained undecided about his next coaching move. He sent a text message to the Associated Press, saying he had not made a decision and later told his Michigan State players the same thing at a team meeting.
* The Hawks were poised to hire Larry Drew as their next coach, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.