Where on earth did Will Bynum come from?
That’s what players like the Miami Heat’s LeBron James have been wondering in recent days.
It was one thing for Bynum, who had not been heard much for the Detroit Pistons in recent games, to get red hot against the Atlanta Hawks and score 31 points in a 126-119 overtime NBA loss on Wednesday, helping Detroit overcome a 22-point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Then on Friday, Bynum netted 25 points to lead the Pistons to a stunning 109-99 upset over the defending NBA champions.
“He was amazing. Big time. He controlled the game,” James said. “His tempo, his motor, his speed. His pick-and-roll game was impressive tonight, he’s a player that can get it going, and he definitely did that tonight.”
“Bynum really sparked them, obviously,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “He really created a tremendous amount of opportunity for their team and himself by breaking us down and getting into the paint and setting up his teammates and then from there he got into a good rhythm. He had some tough shots in the fourth quarter, but everything was easy in the first half.”
Bynum deserves plenty of credit for keeping himself ready for when he finally got the call to play. He obviously hasn’t missed a beat.
“I’m professional. Consistent routine; constantly working. I believe in myself. I worked my tail off all summer and I sacrifice a lot for this game,” he said. “It’s just paying off.”