Pacers Links: Bynum gives Pacers a big boost to get past Celtics

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers enjoyed a boost off the bench in Andrew Bynum's debut before closing out the Celtics to earn a win for the first time in five games.

Andrew Bynum's presence in the Pacers playing rotation, and most notably the immediate impact he made in the first half, was the story that had people buzzing while leaving the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.

Bynum played a couple of eight minute stretches in each half, sending the Fieldhouse into a frenzy during his first stretch with four quick points and eight rebounds as the Pacers extended their first half lead. It was far from the numbers that were impressive. The ability to catch a post pass in traffic, turn and dunk the ball is something new around BLF.

Bynum is enormous and to see such strong hands grabbing the ball in traffic, whether in the post or gobbling up rebounds, gives the Pacers a presence on the court they will certainly enjoy when Bynum can give them minutes.

Bynum was +7 in the first half and -10 in the second. Roy Hibbert finished the game +14 and the starters closed out the win with Lance Stephenson making plays and David West capping off an efficient 24-point night with the final six points for the Pacers.

But the story was Bynum and the glimpse of what he can bring in these short bursts of playing time, if he can show up consistently. Bynum's ability to play consistently is left up to his knees which he admitted after the game are always day-to-day.

"Today it didn't bother me because of adrenaline and I had two months off, so it's going to feel good," he said of his right knee. "The key is how it responds and how we can keep inflammation out. If we have inflammation, that starts the whole (troublesome) process. Right now we don't have any."

Bynum seems comfortable minimizing expectations and not making future promises. This sets the bar low and allows the big man to overdeliver when he's able to play. Just like he did on Tuesday.

The Pacers have two days off before playing in Philly on Friday and Detroit on Saturday. Doing some work in practice on Wednesday would be a great sign, as would being available for back-to-back games. Although, the Pacers may want to skip those back-to-backs with Bynum with an eye toward keeping that pesky inflammation from slowing him down.

Check out the links:

Celtics at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 94, Celtics 83 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Bynum Makes Big Impact | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers snap losing skid, but it's not - Indy Star

Andrew Bynum on his Pacers debut: 'I felt great' - Indy Star

Bird to Kravitz: 'I'm not mad, I'm disappointed' with Pacers | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Pacers snap skid in Bynum’s debut - 1070 The Fan

Bynum's return helps Pacers get past Celtics 94-83 - AP

Boston Celtics play with heart, but fall to Indiana Pacers, 94-83 - CelticsBlog

Pacers rebound from skid by beating Celtics, 94-83 - Sports - The Boston GlobeCeltics down for count | Boston Herald

Celtics Notebook: Old-school guy | Boston Herald

Celtics legend Larry Bird heaps praise on Rajon Rondo, Danny Ainge | Boston Herald

Rondo takes blame for loss to Pacers | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Post-Game Grades: Pacers Finally Play Good Basketball Again, Beat Celtics | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

TheJayGravesReport.com: Word Problem (Why Roy Hibbert can no longer sit in the car now that Bynum's riding)

Andrew Bynum shows signs of life in Indiana Pacers debut (Video) | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

Good, bad, & ugly: Everything but the points | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

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