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C.J. Watson, Andrew Bynum Both Out With Injury vs. Bulls

We knew Andrew Bynum would remained sidelined with a swollen knee that will is going to keep him out “a little while,” according to Frank Vogel. And it was probably expected that C.J. Watson still isn’t ready to return from his hamstring injury either.

But the Pacers have now officially announced that both will miss tonight’s matchup with the Bulls.

Bynum had an MRI on Monday and fluid drained from his right knee. He said it was the largest buildup of fluid he had experienced since a flare up during the Lakers/Celtics NBA Finals in 2010.

C.J. Watson missed four straight games, beginning March 3 against the Bobcats, with an elbow injury before returning to action against the 76ers on March 14. But in that game, he hurt his hamstring. This will be the fourth game now he has missed since leaving the game against Philadelphia in the second quarter and not returning.

Given the unreliable play of third-string point guard Donal Sloan, this has left the Pacers very thin in the back court. Obviously, bigger issues are afoot in terms of why the Pacers are struggling so much, but many are overlooking the impact that being without Watson for so long has had. He has provided a steady hand to guide the offense for the reserve unit, and nobody is probably more eager for him to get healthy than coach Frank Vogel.


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