Bynum out vs 76ers due to swelling
Andrew Bynum won’t take the court Monday night with the Philadelphia 76ers in town.
“[He] had some swelling,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said pregame, “so they did an MRI with him today and we’ll know more in the next couple of days.”
The swelling comes as a result of playing 20 minutes in Saturday night’s overtime win at Detroit. In that game, his second with Indiana, he scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards, tied with Lance Stephenson for a team-high.
“This is what we signed up for,” Vogel said of the situation. “We knew he’s a great player with some problem area knees. He’s going to be in sometimes, he’s going to be out sometimes. We’re fully aware of that and we’ll be excited for whenever we have him in uniform.”
Fortunately for Vogel and his team, Ian Mahinmi’s bruised left ribs are feeling better and so he’ll backup Roy Hibbert. Vogel did consider giving Lavoy Allen the backup minutes after he had 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting and four rebounds on Friday against the same 76ers team.
“[I considered it] a little bit because of how well he played, but Ian’s our backup center when Andrew is out,” said Vogel. “That’s not going to change.”
Backup point guard C.J. Watson is expected to be out in the short term due to a right hamstring strain. His Grade 1 strain, which is typically just a slight tear, occurred at the 6:42 mark of the second quarter when he was whistled for an offensive foul.
“It’s going to be more than tonight, and I wouldn’t say a week or two,” Vogel said of Watson. “I think it’s still sort of day-to-day, but it’s certainly not something we’re going to rush back and risk further injury.”