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Andrew Bynum out Monday for Pacers with swelling in knee


Andrew Bynum has been back on an NBA court for all of a week, playing in two games, he has averaged 11.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He played 20 minutes Saturday night in Detroit.

That was enough to lead to swelling in his knee, which will keep him out Monday night against the Sixers, coach Frank Vogel announced.

“[He] had some swelling,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said pregame, “so they did an MRI with him today and we’ll know more in the next couple of days.”

It’s not a big surprise — right now when Bynum is on the court he gives a team some offense and rebounding, a big body but not much else on defense (his recognition and rotations are slow, as you would expect of a guy who has played little in recent years). But he is just not going to be on the court consistently.

“This is what we signed up for,” Vogel said of the situation. “We knew he’s a great player with some problem area knees. He’s going to be in sometimes, he’s going to be out sometimes. We’re fully aware of that and we’ll be excited for whenever we have him in uniform.”

When they need him in uniform is the playoffs.

Ian Mahinmi will be back from bruised ribs and will resume his role as Roy Hibbert’s backup.

LeBron says “get it done” message was for both Cavaliers, Thompson

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Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.

So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.

At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.

The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.

China basketball qualifies for 2016 Olympics

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China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.

China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.

The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.