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Posted: Tuesday April 13, 2010 11:27PM; Updated: Tuesday April 13, 2010 11:27PM

Bynum still on target for playoff return

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Bynum says he's on track to return to the Los Angeles Lakers in time for their first playoff game this weekend.

Bynum missed his 12th straight game Tuesday with a strained left Achilles' tendon, but the 7-foot center says his rehabilitation is progressing well. After running on an anti-gravity treadmill Monday, he was scheduled to run on a regular treadmill Tuesday night.

Coach Phil Jackson thinks Bynum will be able to practice with the top-seeded Lakers on Friday and Saturday before they open the playoffs Sunday against eighth-seeded Oklahoma City.

Bynum is averaging 15 points and 8.3 rebounds this season while making 57 percent of his shots and blocking 94 shots. Lamar Odom has replaced him in the Lakers' starting lineup.

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