Andrew Bynum needs to get his act together, and so do the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have lost four of their last five games, and have allowed 100 points or more six consecutive times.
In Monday’s 115-92 loss to the Detroit Pistons, Bynum struggled big-time, with 22 ½ minutes of action and 0-of-11 shooting from the floor for no points. He did have seven rebounds and two blocked shots, but not being able to score any points isn’t gong to help anybody. With Bynum’s shaky background of physical health, whatever he can contribute is undoubtedly widely appreciated by the Cavaliers. But he obviously needs to do more, despite averaging 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
Ironically, Bynum was coming off a decent game Saturday against the Chicago Bulls when he scored 19 points. This was obviously a bad night against Detroit, but one he can’t repeat again this season for the Cavaliers to remain competitive every game. He’s been awfully erratic the past few nights. Prior to his game against the Bulls, he was 3-of-14 from the floor against the Milwaukee Bucks and only scored eight points; that was coming off a 13-point performance against the Portland Trail Blazers when he was 6-of-12 from the floor and had nine rebounds.
The Cavaliers just aren’t sure which player is going to show up every night.
Bynum needs to start getting around his career averages on a regular basis. He’s currently at 25.6 minutes, 11.6 points, and 7.7 rebounds a game with a 55.9 field goal percent shooting clip for his career. Those are the type of numbers the Cavaliers need to see every night.