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Pistons’ Bynum could be shut down for season due to hand


Will Bynum has had his moments for the Detroit Pistons this season — as a designated scorer coming off the bench he’s averaging 9.3 points a game but has had 13 games with more than 15 points including 23 against the Trail Blazers recently.

But he has been playing through pain in his hand since January and re-injured his hand Saturday. There’s an MRI coming but don’t be shocked if the Pistons shut him down for the season, reports the Detroit News.

“Every time I get hit, it stings for 30 seconds,” said Bynum, who’s been playing with the pain since January but never missed a game.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the soon-to-be free agent shut it down if the MRI reveals ligament damage. From his perspective, he’s got to be healthy for the summer when he’s looking for a new contract.

Bynum is going to get a new contract somewhere — he’s certainly earned it this season with a solid year — but that would be a better deal if teams are confident his hand is healthy.

The Pistons are deep with guards and no Bynum would just mean more Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight (who returned over the weekend).

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.