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Andrew Bynum likely out for Cavaliers Saturday, not expected to play second game of back-to-backs

Nov 2, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum,Reggie Evans AP

Andrew Bynum made his somewhat unexpected debut for the Cavaliers during their season opener on Wednesday, after working his way back from knee issues following his signing in Cleveland during the offseason.

Bynum played again for the Cavs on Friday, and finished with five points and three rebounds in 11 minutes of action. He doesn’t yet appear to be anywhere near game shape, however, and with his history of injury, the team is taking the cautious approach in working him back to the point where he’ll be ready to play starter’s minutes.

From William Dannelly at NBA.com:

Andrew Bynum will most likely not play in [Saturday] night’s game in Indiana. Brown indicated that it would be highly unlikely Bynum would play games on back-to-back days right now due to his continued recovery process related to his knee injuries.

There’s a similar note in the recap of Friday’s game from Jason lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

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This won’t affect much of what the Cavaliers do on the court, as Bynum’s minutes were so small that he has had little to no impact in the first two games of the season.

It’s the smart course of action to hold Bynum out of the second night of back-to-back sets, and look at the bright side: no matter how long it takes for Bynum to return to form, he’s already played more in Cleveland than he did all of last year with the Sixers.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Seems kind of dumb for him to be out there at all, if he can only go 11 minutes before needing a night off. Guess they want him earning as much of his contract as possible before he breaks again.

  2. yousuxxors - Nov 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    why is that dumb? this allows him to slowly get back into game shape and start getting in a rhythm with his teammates.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      Yeah, 11 minutes every other game will surely speed up that process. /sarcasm

      That’s what practice is for.

      • casualcommenter - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Yeah, and everybody agrees that practice is just as good as in-game experience. /sarcasm

        (Insert obvious Allen Iverson reference here)

  3. haterhurter937 - Nov 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Practice and playing a game are two totally different things.

  4. sixerpackinmyhand - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Reblogged this on Run With Us…poorly and commented:
    I hate this guy.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Dude, if you’re going to rip this off for your own blog site, at least contribute something to the discussion here. Otherwise, you paint your blog as a blatant ripoff of other people’s work. Write your own stuff of you want web hits.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        *if

      • sixerpackinmyhand - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        I didn’t rip it off, I reblogged it, it says it’s from probasketballtalk

      • ewyorksockexchange - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Reblogging=thriving off of other people’s work to make a small amount of coin. Quote it in your own article of you must, but don’t just link to it like a leech.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        By which I mean don’t quote his stats and link. Actually say something.

  5. sixerpackinmyhand - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I hate Bynum. Luckily, not signing him allows the Sixers to build or try to at least.

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