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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pacers' Andrew Bynum out for opening round of playoffs

By on 4/18/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Indiana Pacers enter the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks with a 56-26 regular season record, best in the Eastern Conference. But they have lost nine of their last 15 games and enter with some question marks. On the injury front, center Andrew Bynum has been ruled out for the first round, which is no surprise since he hasn't played in a game since March 15.
 Erik Drost via Wikimedia Commons

Scott Agness, who covers the Pacers for, tweeted the following, confirming Bynum's status.
The Pacers took a chance on Bynum to add some quality minutes in the middle behind Roy Hibbert. Since Bynum has played in only two games since acquired by the Pacers, they obviously struck out on his signing. Expect Ian Mahinmi, who averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game during the regular season, to see more significant time in the playoffs backing up Hibbert.

Bynum is in his seventh NBA season.  In 24 games with the Cavaliers this season, he averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game.  Bynum played fairly well in his only two games with the Pacers, averaging 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 18 minutes per game.  In 418 career games, Bynum is averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.


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