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Andrew Bynum had knee drained, the amount of fluid surprised him

Mar 18, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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Well, this is not good.

We told you Andrew Bynum was out Monday night for the Pacers (a win over Philadelphia), but now he will be out at least Wednesday (at the Knicks) and maybe longer, reports Scott Agness of Bynum had swelling after playing 20 minutes Sunday against Detroit… and we’re not just talking a little swelling either.

“This one is a little concerning for me because it caused a lot more fluid,” he said. “I haven’t had that much fluid in there since like the (2010) Boston Finals in L.A.”

This is why the Pacers players and organization have had a “whatever we get from Bynum we get” attitude. They were contenders with Ian Mahinmi playing the backup minutes behind Roy Hibbert and that is not changing. If Bynum could be an upgrade off the bench, great. If not, well at least he’s not playing for the Heat. Right Frank Vogel?

“[It’s] not really disappointing at all, to be honest,” he said. “We knew he was going to be in and out of the lineup. He’s got some problems with his knees, we’re well aware of that, and we’ll be excited with what he can give us when he’s in there.”

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Bynum scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds in those 20 mites against Detroit (and its big front line). Offensively his skill and touch make Bynum a considerable upgrade over Mahinmi. However, Bynum was slow on defense, both in terms of movement and recognizing his responsibility and rotations.

  1. casualcommenter - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    It’s going to be really funny when, after all the media attention the Heat’s acquisition of Greg Oden and the Pacers’ acquisition of Andrew Bynum received, those two players only play token minutes at best in the playoffs.

    Oden’s plus/minus is among the worst on the Heat, in part because he is more likely to commit a foul than score while he’s on the court. Meanwhile, Bynum’s knee that has endured several surgeries can’t handle 20 minutes’ worth of work without swelling up.

    Do you see either player playing crucial minutes in the playoffs? I don’t.

    • cmehustle - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Neither do I. Odens been done, and now its pretty safe to say so is Bynum. But fans love big names. Im just glad that people have finally come to accept that PG is a top five player in the league. A year ago if someone said that here you would have gotten all thumbs down.

      • gostlcards5 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        I agree with everything except your comment about PG. I said last year that if he continued working, he would be a top 5 player. I didn’t get a lot of thumbs down. Additionally, I think that he definitely started off the year as that guy. He’s slowed down a good bit since the ASB, whether from too much pressure, stuff getting in his head (most notably to me would be worrying too much about getting calls), etc., but if he keeps the right attitude and work ethic that got him to this point, he’ll continue to improve. If he does that, I think he could make the LBJ/KD discussion a three-man deal.

    • miamatt - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      I cannot argue about Oden’s plus/minus thus far.

      But it should be noted that Oden started his 2nd straight game tonight, and Spoelstra indicated that would be the plan going forward- for now.

      Not that that should be confused with Oden playing starter’s minutes, nor should that be confused with Oden being the permanent starter. But it does mean Spoelstra is at least tinkering with the idea of Oden starting at times.

      The one thing Oden has not had since he entered the rotation is a physical setback. Will he play “crucial minutes”? If you mean heavy minutes or 4th quarter minutes, I’d say no. But a 10-15 min player and sometime starter? Sure.

      As far as Bynum goes, though, LOL.

  2. campcouch - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    They have plenty of offense,what they need is defense. Mahimi over Bynum any day.

  3. sportsnut101 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I wish I could have the skill to play once every yr n make lots of money

  4. eaglesw00t - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Bynum is a waste of money and time. I’m pissed the Sixers traded for a true center and I can’t recall seeing him ever wear a Sixers jersey.

  5. harshedmellow - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Oden classy, Bynum not so much.

    Go Greg!

  6. retxedfred - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Andrew Bynum needs to have his brain scanned as well. Maybe the amount of matter will surprise everybody!

  7. sportsfreak2014 - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Bynum brought another big man and energy to the floor when he was out there, doesn’t sound good.

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