Andrew Bynum had a small bone spur chip off in his heel during the Lakers win over New Jersey Tuesday night.
However, after Friday morning's shoot around, coach Phil Jackson said he expected Bynum to be able to play against the Mavericks. He also said that the final decision would be made at game time.
Bynum had inflammation and swelling in his foot after his 15-point performance against the Nets. Bynum underwent a MRI and a CT scan, both of which confirmed the injury.
This is an injury some players have played through, however last year a bone spur in his foot kept Tony Parker of San Antonio out for a month.
Andrew Bynum is averaging 11.5 points per game (third on the Lakers) and 8.9 rebounds (second on the team). More importantly he has been an anchor of the Lakers more aggressive defense this season, averaging 2.4 blocks per game, altered many more shots and is a key cog in the traps the Lakers like to use.