LOS ANGELES (AP) -Andrew Bynum, a big factor in the Los Angeles Lakers' strong start, will be out at least eight weeks because of an injured left knee.
MRI tests and an examination Monday by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo revealed Bynum had injured his kneecap and suffered a bone bruise.
Bynum is expected to make a full recovery, the Lakers said in a press release.
The 20-year-old center, the NBA leader in field goal percentage, was hurt early in the third quarter of Sunday night's 100-99 victory over Memphis when he landed on teammate Lamar Odom's left foot while going for a rebound.
Bynum crumpled to the court, and teammates Kwame Brown and Ronny Turiaf had to carry him to the locker room.
A third-year pro taken by the Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Bynum is averaging 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.06 blocked shots, and has shot 189-for-297 (63.6 percent). He is the NBA's 11th-leading rebounder and ninth-leading shot-blocker.
The Lakers (25-11) had won six straight games and 16 of 19 entering Monday night's game at Seattle.

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