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Bynum follows terrible game with huge one

The Sports Xchange

Will Bynum has a short-term memory when it comes to poor performances. That's a good trait to have, considering he was called upon to rescue the Pistons from a dire predicament Saturday.

Bynum missed all eight of his shots in Chicago Friday and had shot 25 percent in his last five games entering Detroit's home game against the woeful Charlotte Bobcats. Bynum, a reserve point guard, scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime, including a tying 3-pointer late in regulation and five free throws in overtime, as the Pistons escaped with a 110-107 victory.

"You have ups and downs, it's part of the game," he said. "It's just playing through it and knowing your ability. I know what I can do out there on the court, so I have the utmost confidence in myself. I never lose that, regardless of what happens."

He also got a boost from coming home in the wee hours Saturday morning after the Pistons had played nine of their previous 10 games on the road.

"I really didn't get any sleep," he said. "I got to see my daughters (Saturday) and that was a beautiful thing. It gave me some renewed energy."

Bynum can be a sparkplug but he hasn't energized his team very often this season. He missed 14 games with a strained right foot and has been out of the rotation for a good portion of the season. The only reason he's gotten to play regularly in six of the last seven games was injuries to Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) and Ben Gordon (groin).

"They call him Bynum-ite, right?" coach Lawrence Frank said. "Will is an extremely hard worker. He comes in early and spends a great deal of time with (assistant coaches) Dee Brown and Steve Hetzel to work on his craft. Even though he was out of the rotation, he was diligent. You can't just play those minutes and not be in condition."

Unless both Stuckey and Gordon recover in time for Tuesday's game against Orlando, Bynum will stay in the rotation. And he won't lose faith in his shot, regardless of the results.

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