Skip to content

Andrew Bynum looked good in his Pacers debut. Now can he do it again?

Mar 12, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

Boston Celtics v Indiana Pacers Getty Images

Andrew Bynum looked good against the Celtics Tuesday. It was simple and clear. When basketball coaches say “you can’t teach height” Bynum showed exactly what they mean — matched up on Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass, Bynum just grabbed rebounds and made shots right over the top of them. He was too big, too physical.

Bynum shot 3-of-4 for 8 points and had 10 rebounds, showed some nifty passing out of the post, played solid defense and generally he looked like what the Pacers hoped they were getting. He was part of the reason the Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak 94-83 against an overmatched Celtics team.

The question for those anyone who has watched Bynum before is this: Can he keep it up?

Bynum has had great games before (including in Cleveland earlier this season, before they traded him), good stretches while he is focused, only to revert to his disinterested form.

He told the Indy Star he felt good in his 15 minutes spaced out over four quarters.

“I felt great. Couldn’t do anything wrong today,” the 7-foot, 285-pound strongman said.… “All the rebounds came my way and I just grabbed them.

“Looking forward to the next game.”

The Pacers still plan to go slow with Bynum, as they should.

Bynum was forced into action with Ian Mahinmi out with a bruised left hip. Bynum showed a skill level and a brute physicality that Mahinmi cannot match, he showed why when healthy and focused he is an upgrade for them in the paint behind Roy Hibbert.

Pacers fans should be hopeful, this is certainly more than Philadelphia got out of Bynum. And Bynum will be motivated — he is a guy more driven by money than many and he is playing for his next contract. Yes, playing on a winning team matters to him as well, but he took mental vacations when Phil Jackson was his coach, too.

In the end that’s really the question — what Bynum will the Pacers get night to night? One good game against an undersized front line is one good game. He needs to do it repeatedly, then into the playoffs. He’s capable, and if he does it the Pacers just got better.

Latest Posts
  1. Reports: Stephen Curry to be named MVP Monday

    May 3, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry AP

    Harden comes in second in the voting.

  2. Warriors cruise to Game 1 win over Grizzlies

    May 3, 2015, 6:17 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry Stephen Curry

    Memphis, minus Mike Conley, looks completely overmatched (as expected)

  3. Hawks start hot, finish cold, Wizards take Game 1 on road 104-98.

    May 3, 2015, 4:09 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks - Game One Getty Images

    It was a tale of two halves, and the Wizards took the key one.

  4. Doc Rivers on whether Chris Paul will play in Game 1 vs. Rockets: ‘If I had to guess, I would say no’

    May 3, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images

    Paul battled through a hamstring injury during his incredible Game 7 performance.

  5. PBT Second-Round Playoff Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Atlanta Hawks

    May 3, 2015, 12:30 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks Getty Images

    Wizards could make things difficult on the top-seeded Hawks.

  6. Adjusting for playoff rotations round two: Watch out for the Wizards

    May 3, 2015, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kent Bazemore, John Wall, Paul Pierce AP

    Cavaliers could be OK against the Bulls (even without Kevin Love), Warriors remain favorites and more lessons from the first round

  7. Rumor: Orlando taking time to start coaching search waiting on Thibodeau situation

    May 3, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau AP

    Thibs may not want to go to Orlando if he becomes a free agent as a coach.

  8. Chris Paul banks in game winner to lift Clippers past Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2015, 10:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven Getty Images

    It was going to take a shot like that to win this, the best first-round series in recent memory.

  9. Chris Paul strains hamstring, heads to locker room, but returns

    May 2, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Seven Getty Images

    He was out for eight minutes the Clippers were only -2.

  10. Jared Dudley can become a free agent, but says 80 or 90 percent chance he’ll return to Bucks

    May 2, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Four Getty Images

    Dudley has player option for $4.25 million for next season, but hopes to back in Milwaukee regardless.

  11. Brandon Jennings: Winner of Clippers-Spurs series ‘will be playing the Cavs in the Finals’

    May 2, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Milwaukee Bucks Getty Images

    The Warriors (and the Bulls, and the Hawks) may have something to say about that.

  12. Blazers’ GM non-committal on attempting to re-sign free agent Wesley Matthews

    May 2, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Portland Trail Blazers Getty Images

    Portland was very good with Matthews healthy this season, but he’s now an unrestricted free agent, and it’s unclear how high the Blazers will go to retain his services.

  13. Joe Johnson on Nets future: ‘I don’t see us coming back as the same team’

    May 2, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT

    brook lopez joe johnson kg AP

    Changes are ahead in Brooklyn, and Johnson sees them coming.

Featured video

Thunder take risk with Donovan, but calculated one
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. K. Love (5703)
  2. M. Conley (5616)
  3. R. Rondo (4540)
  4. C. Parsons (3858)
  5. K. Durant (3705)
  1. J. Smith (3665)
  2. K. Bryant (3540)
  3. D. Williams (3439)
  4. P. Beverley (3310)
  5. J. Crowder (3260)