Familiar situation in Indiana with Bynum

PAT LOVELL / USA TODAY SPORTS Thaddeus Young shoots over Pacers center Ian Mahinmi during the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
PAT LOVELL / USA TODAY SPORTS Thaddeus Young shoots over Pacers center Ian Mahinmi during the second quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Posted: March 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - It all sounded and felt so familiar. The coach is asked about his center with the bad knees. The news isn't good, but sort of expected. Expectations diminish and the unknown takes over.

Such is the life now for the Indiana Pacers when it comes to Andrew Bynum. The center, who was acquired by the Pacers on Feb. 1, played his first two games with the team last week and was quite impressive. In two games for Indiana, Bynum posted 23 points and 19 rebounds in more than 35 total minutes.

But before last night's game against the 76ers, Indiana coach Frank Vogel delivered the news that those in Philly are all too familiar with. "Andrew Bynum is out tonight," Vogel said. "He had some swelling [in his knee] and he had an MRI today and we'll see what happens in the next couple of days. This is what we signed up for. We knew that he is a great player with some problem-area knees. He's going to in sometimes and he's going to be out sometimes. We're fully aware of that and we'll be excited when we have him in uniform."

Newest new addition

James Nunnally officially joined the 76ers yesterday and it didn't take long for the 6-7 wingman from UC Santa Barbara to get a look, as coach Brett Brown inserted him into the game with 4 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first quarter. He didn't score in 9 minutes of play but recorded an assist during the team's franchise-record 21st straight loss, 99-90, to the Indiana Pacers.

Nunnally spent most of the season in the NBA Development League, playing in 35 games for the Bakersfield Jam and Texas Legends. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He shot 46.7 percent from the floor, including 41.3 percent from three-point range, an area where the Sixers are certainly lacking. And now with James Anderson possibly out for a few games with a thigh bruise, the Sixers are really thin on outside shooters.

"A shooter. He's a shooter," said Brown of Nunnally. "Kind of James Anderson-like, as much of a scorer that James has been labeled to be and has shown that he can be. That's what we'll look for from him. If you look at the percentages from the perimeter, we need some help there."

"It's a great opportunity to come to a team that has a spot to fill and I have a chance to play," said Nunnally. "They have a lot of good young players here, it's a young team and I'll have a chance to be able to get better and have a chance to play and not just sit.

"A big part of my game is knocking down open shots. I'm a player, but you can call me a shooter if you want."

Anderson update

James Anderson was out last night and coach Brett Brown wouldn't be surprised he missed a few more games. In his place, Tony Wroten was the starting two guard against Indiana.

"It could be as long as 3 or 4 days," Brown said. "We're going to start Tony and bring him in and give him the opportunity to start a game alongside Michael and roll out that youth in Hollis [Thompson] and Michael [Carter-Williams] and Tony."

Anderson was the only Sixers player to appear in every game this season. That was one streak that was snapped last night.


 

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