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Bynum leaves Lakers game with “moderate” ankle sprain

Andrew Bynum, Gary Vitti

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) holds his ankle as trainer Gary Vitti talks to him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles , Sunday, April 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

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Well, at least now Andrew Bynum has a good excuse for not being Mike Brown’s huddle...

Bynum sprained his ankle late in the first quarter of the Lakers game Monday against the Warriors when he landed on teammate Josh McRoberts’ foot. Bynum left the game and went back to the locker room soon after it happened.

X-Rays were negative and the team said Bynum would be re-evaluated Monday.

The Lakers are off Monday, face the Nets on Tuesday then have a key game against the Clippers on Wednesday.

The injury exposes the Lakers serious lack of depth along the front line behind Bynum and Pau Gasol — McRoberts and Troy Murphy are the backups now. The Lakers also have Jordan Hill on the roster but he is day-to-day with a sprained MCL. That group off the bench isn’t intimidating anyone. Troy Murphy was getting the crunch time minutes for the Lakers Sunday night.

Bynum has had a breakout season this year, in part because he’s been able to stay healthy. This is not something catastrophic, but he could miss a few games.