Andrew Bynum Injured

Andrew Bynum sprawled onto the court, staying down uncomfortably for a long moment. Then he walked cautiously to the locker room with more than one teammate staring at his perpetually problematic knees. The Los Angeles Lakers ended their five-game losing streak Tuesday night.

Lakers’ hopes for a third straight title might have taken a significant blow when Andrew Bynum fell after stepping on DeJuan Blair’s foot during the second quarter. Los Angeles’ superb low-post defender will have an MRI on Wednesday while the Lakers wrap up the regular season at Sacramento.

Bynum downplayed the injury while walking comfortably out of Staples Center, and the Lakers are cautiously hoping for news that won’t derail their playoff run before it begins. Yet it’s tough not to assume the worst with Bynum and his rickety 23-year-old knees.

If Andrew Bynum can’t play in the playoffs then the Lakers will not repeat as champions. They need him, Gasol and Kobe in order to win.