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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Andrew Bynum misses game with sprained ankle after Lakers reportedly fined him


Andrew Bynum’s act may be wearing on the Lakers. (Brandon Wade - AP)
Over the last week, center Andrew Bynum has gone from supporting actor to principal character in the season-long Los Angeles Lakers melodrama.

The first-time All-Star was benched late in a win at Golden State last Wednesday after firing an ill-advised three-pointer, drawing ridicule from coach Mike Brown.

After the game, Bynum vowed to “take some more” threes.

Then on Sunday he suffered a left ankle sprain during another win against the Warriors. Bynum sat out of Tuesday’s 91-87 win over the Nets due to the sore ankle, but it was the reported fine he received that had the Los Angeles sports media aflutter.

The 24-year-old was fined an undisclosed amount for “numerous infractions,” according to an ESPNLosAngeles.com report that cited multiple unnamed sources.

“It was an internal matter, and it was handed internally,” Brown said. ”We have dealt with it internally, and we’ll move on.”

Between Kobe Bryant, the Pau Gasol trade rumors, the Derek Fisher departure and Bynum’s antics, Brown has had his hands full in his first season at Staples Center. But all things considered, he’s done an admirable job of attending to his star’s needs while establishing the a level of authority needed to maintain respect in the huddle. Credit his time coaching LeBron James in Cleveland for that.

The Lakers have won three straight heading into Wednesday’s game against the Clippers — but remain 4 1/2 back of red-hot San Antonio for the second spot in the West. The Spurs have won an NBA-best eight in a row.

To make a playoff run, the Lakers know they’ll need their 7-foot center to produce like he has all season — and Brown is likely trying to get everyone on the same page before the postseason begins. Bynum is averaging 17.9 points per game, 11.9 rebounds and nearly two blocks per game. He said he would try to play against the Clippers, but his status is unclear.

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