Before tonight's home victory over the scuffling Boston Celtics, the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers had lost four games in a row and were playing their worst basketball of the entire season. With the Miami Heat, holding the No. 2 seed in the East, creeping ever so closely to Indiana's lead in the conference, Indiana knew it needed to beat Boston tonight, and could not afford another loss.
Well, with a comfortable 94-83 score, Indiana was able to do just that, helped greatly by the debut of a new player who has fallen from NBA grace about as quickly as possible.
Andrew Bynum, who was drafted with the 10th overall pick by the Lakers in the 2005 Draft, has always faced injury problems, but was a consistent center for Los Angeles until he was traded in 2012 to the 76ers. Bynum never played a game for Philly in the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury, and has bounced around to Cleveland, Chicago (no games, traded to and promptly released), and now to Indiana, for whom he scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of play tonight.
Signing Bynum after his release by the Bulls represented a huge low-risk, high-reward move for a Pacers team that needs as much an edge over the Heat in order to finally win the Eastern Conference and make the NBA Finals.no comments