Not only did the Indiana Pacers lose to the New York Knicks last night, but it appears like they have also lost Andrew Bynum for “a while”, as coach Frank Vogel puts it.
Bynum had his knee drained, which had a significant amount of fluid, a couple days ago. He did not travel with the team to New York last night, and right now it’s unknown when the 7-footer will be back.
However, Vogel is exactly panicking. He was pretty much expecting this.
“He played in the Detroit game, aggravated a previous condition and had some swelling in there,” Vogel said. “He’s going to be out for a little while.”
Bynum had gotten off to a solid start in his two games with the Pacers. In that short period, he averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in roughly 18 minutes per contest.
It’s difficult to gauge how much Bynum will help the Pacers this season, or even this playoffs. It’s at the point where Vogel can’t really tell, either.
“We don’t,” Vogel said. “You know, obviously if he’s healthy it gives us one of the best centers in the league. He’s proven that in the short time [he's been with us] in the two games that he played here. It’s just going to be a matter of how healthy he can be.”
But, again, he knew exactly what he, and the Pacers, were getting into when they decided to sign him for the rest of the season back in February.