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Knee injury fells Lakers' Bynum again

Lakers center Andrew Bynum once again will miss significant time because of a knee injury. He is expected to be out eight to 12 weeks with a right MCL tear suffered in the Lakers' win over Memphis on Saturday.

Bynum had an MRI that revealed he does not need to have surgery. He expects to begin rehabbing his knee in about 10 days and is optimistic he'll return by April.

"It was like déj ... vu," Bynum said, referring to last season's injury to his left knee in January that put him out for the season. "Not a great feeling."

Bynum said he's confident his teammates will maintain their high level of play without him. "I think they're going to be fine, just like last year," he said. "Some new guys will get the opportunities and they deserve them. I don't think they'll miss too much of a beat."

Lamar Odom, who got the start last night in Bynum's absence, said: "We still feel confident about our ability to play at a high level. It's just too bad we'll have to do it without him."

Curry to practice

The Knicks expect Eddy Curry to return to practice this week. The center left the team last week to tend to his son Noah, 3, who witnessed the murders of his mother and baby sister Jan. 24 in Chicago. The mother was an ex-girlfriend of Curry, who is married with four children.

Curry stayed in Chicago through the weekend and reportedly had a private moment with the departed before the funeral Saturday.

Curry, who has been out with a sore right knee, hasn't played since a brief stint Jan. 8 against the Mavericks, his only game of the season.

Lee honored

David Lee was named NBA Player of the Week after averaging 19.0 points and 15.3 rebounds and shooting 53.5 percent from the floor as the Knicks went 3-0. He is the second Knick this season to win the award - Al Harrington got it in December - after the Knicks went almost three seasons without one.

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