Pacers Playoffs Links: Andrew Bynum won't be available to play Hawks in Round 1

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Pacers hope to have Andrew Bynum available at some point in the playoffs but they will have to get through the first round against the Hawks without the reserve big man.

Andrew Bynum looked the part of a healthy NBA player at the Pacers practice on Thursday, showing up in full practice uniform with shoes and socks and everything.

Except he didn't actually participate in the practice, instead watching from a familiar seat on the sidelines. After practice, Frank Vogel ruled out the option of using Bynum in the first round, according to Pacers.com. But Vogel didn't rule out Bynum for later on in the playoffs mentioning that the team planned to be playing for quite awhile in the postseason which would still gives Bynum a chance to return to the court.

Bynum's continued absence is no surprise at this point but at least there are signs of life if he is getting in some individual work. More pressing for the Atlanta series is Roy Hibbert's availability to play like the early-season Hibbert.

Check out the links:

Hibbert Ready to Answer New Questions | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Vogel on Guarding the Hawks | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Practice: Paul George 140417 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers coach rules out Bynum for Hawks series - AP

Vogel: Andrew Bynum ruled out for Round 1 | Pacers Blogs

Pacers preparing for challenging Roy Hibbert-Pero Antic matchup - Indy Star

Practice: Paul George 140417 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Playoffs a referendum on Pacers’ future - 1070 The Fan

Pacers, Hibbert must counter Hawks’ Pero pressure - 1070 The Fan

VIDEO: Hibbert appears on ‘The Pete Holmes Show’ | Pacers Blogs

Indiana Pacers try to regain championship form after second half struggles - SBNation.com

2014 NBA Playoffs: How do the Hawks stack up? - Peachtree Hoops

Column: Analyzing the Hawks vs. Pacers series - Peachtree Hoops

Ball Don’t Lie’s 2013-14 Playoff Previews: Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo Sports

SI.com’s ’13-14 NBA playoff preview hub | The Point Forward - SI.com

2014 NBA Playoffs First-Round Preview: Eastern Conference - CBSSports.com

Report: NBA’s increased age limit proposal includes higher-paying D-League | ProBasketballTalk

Indiana's Awful Offense: Imprecise Execution, Poor Spacing - 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Heat’s LeBron James maintains top spot on list of NBA’s best-selling jerseys | The Point Forward - SI.com

Carmelo Anthony endorses Mike Woodson’s return | New York Post

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