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News » Bynum plays big for little man

Bynum plays big for little man

Bynum plays big for little man
CLEVELAND -- When it comes to shooting technical free throws for the Detroit Pistons , Richard Hamilton expects to be the one at the line.

So you can imagine his surprise when, in Sunday's 101-97 win against Philadelphia, backup point guard Will Bynum took the ball and went to the line.

"I told him, 'No, technicals, that's my free throw,' " said Hamilton, an 85.1 percent free throw shooter who missed two of his three attempts Sunday. "It's fun, though. That just tells you how much confidence he has."

Bynum, who shot and made a pair of technical free throws Sunday, hasn't exactly followed the plans of others this season.

Not only is he seeing more action than many expected, but the 6-foot guard is playing with the kind of swagger one wouldn't expect from a player who has spent the bulk of his professional career playing overseas.

"He's a very confident individual," Hamilton said. "He can go from not playing at all to coming into a game and wants the ball."

Said Bynum: "I'm getting better and better every day."

Even with Allen Iverson back in the mix, it doesn't appear as though Bynum's role will change.

Iverson, who Sunday played in his first game in more than a month, essentially split time with Bynum as their playing time was separated by just 57 seconds. However, it was Bynum on the floor for the entire fourth quarter, in which he led all Detroit players with nine of the team's 22 points. Bynum finished with 12 points.

Pistons coach Michael Curry had expressed concern earlier this season about playing Bynum and Iverson together.

However, the two seemed to work well together as the Pistons outscored Philadelphia by six points when the two were on the floor at the same time.

"Having two guys that aggressive at the same time, even if they're smaller, with Will and Iverson, we can take advantage of that and make teams downsize to us," Curry said.

"And if they're going to try and post one of those guys, maybe we'll play some zone when they're in there. But I think we have the advantage going to the other end."

Johnson back in the mix?

Lost in Detroit's win against Philadelphia was the play of Amir Johnson off the bench. Johnson had five points and four rebounds. He had two offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter that led to four points for Detroit.

He began the season as a starter, lost his job, and has been in and out of the rotation since.

"All I can do, if nothing is working out for me, is work on my game," Johnson said.

Cleveland hot at home

The Cavaliers come into tonight's game having won a franchise-best 12 consecutive games. The Cavs are 35-1 at home this season.

Their only home loss came against the Los Angeles Lakers in February.

A win for the Cavs would give them the regular-season series over Detroit for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Detroit beat the Cavaliers in the first meeting between the teams in November.

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