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Pacers rule Andrew Bynum out for first round series against the Hawks

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Bynum won't be around until at the earliest the second round. (USATSI)
Andrew Bynum won't be around until at the earliest the second round. (USATSI)

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The Indiana Pacers certainly weren't counting on him but if you were wondering whether or not Andrew Bynum would make his first playoff appearance since 2012, it won't happen in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks. Coach Frank Vogel informed the media before the series started that Bynum might play in the post season but it won't be in the opening series.

From IndyStar.com:

Vogel said center Andrew Bynum (knee) might play in the postseason, but he will not play against the Hawks. Bynum has played in just two games since the Pacers signed him in January.

"We're hoping to play for quite some time," Vogel said. "The longer we're able to play and hopefully advance, the better the odds become."

Bynum only played 36 minutes for the Pacers over two games after being signed by the team for the remainder of the season at the start of February. In an attempt to come back from knee injuries that kept him out for the entire 2012-13 season, Bynum played in 26 games total with 24 of them coming for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was traded for Luol Deng in January and then waived before the rest of his money became guaranteed in a free agent deal that was signed in the summer of 2013 with the Cavs. He's averaged 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 19.8 minutes this season.

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