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Pistons’ Bynum could be shut down for season due to hand

Mar 25, 2013, 11:09 AM EST

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Will Bynum has had his moments for the Detroit Pistons this season — as a designated scorer coming off the bench he’s averaging 9.3 points a game but has had 13 games with more than 15 points including 23 against the Trail Blazers recently.

But he has been playing through pain in his hand since January and re-injured his hand Saturday. There’s an MRI coming but don’t be shocked if the Pistons shut him down for the season, reports the Detroit News.

“Every time I get hit, it stings for 30 seconds,” said Bynum, who’s been playing with the pain since January but never missed a game.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the soon-to-be free agent shut it down if the MRI reveals ligament damage. From his perspective, he’s got to be healthy for the summer when he’s looking for a new contract.

Bynum is going to get a new contract somewhere — he’s certainly earned it this season with a solid year — but that would be a better deal if teams are confident his hand is healthy.

The Pistons are deep with guards and no Bynum would just mean more Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight (who returned over the weekend).

  1. metrocritical - Mar 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Bynum would be best advised to heal, look for a better deal and flee this rudderless organization. With all due respect to the classy but frequently clueless Joe Dumars, there is no good reason to allow the current president/head coach combo to be anywhere near this year’s lottery selection or free agency class. The last time Dumars had this much money to spend, he blew it on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, helping to launch the latest dramatic downward spiral of a once first rate organization. Credit Joe for the championship and playoff runs that are now many years ago but as time goes on it appears that he might have been more lucky than good and his luck may have run out, too. So go on your way, Will Bynum, where you can be a valuable bench player on a good team, rather than another back up guard on a team headed nowhere with a roster full of back ups at almost every position, getting starter’s minutes, playing for coach who is outwitted on a nightly basis.

  2. dko83 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Tank it Pistons.

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