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Cleveland indefinitely suspends Andrew Bynum


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CLEVELAND — The Andrew Bynum experiment appears over for the Cavaliers.

The team indefinitely suspended the enigmatic center Saturday for “conduct detrimental to the team” and banned him from all team activities.

Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers in July, did not travel with the club to Boston for Saturday’s game and it’s likely he has played his final game for Cleveland. The Cavaliers will try to trade him.

The suspension is not a shock considering he has not played consistently and has appeared uninterested while on the floor. Earlier this season, the 7-footer, who did not play a second last season for Philadelphia because of knee injuries, talked openly about retirement and said his medical issues have been a challenge.

“It’s a terrible situation internally with our team,” All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said before the Cavaliers faced the Celtics. “It’s something we have to get over.”

When asked after Cleveland’s 103-100 loss to Boston if there was any fallout from the suspension, Cleveland coach Mike Brown said, “No,” shaking his head to make his answer clear.

Brown has been a huge supporter of Bynum, 26. The two were together in Los Angeles and their relationship was one reason the Cavaliers risked signing him. Brown was asked before the game if Bynum’s days with the Cavaliers were over.

“He’s on an indefinite suspension and I’m not trying to be funny, but you know what indefinite means,” Brown said. “We’ve got 14 guys in that locker room who are very focused and determined and ready to take on any challenge that’s in front of them. They’re great guys, they’re focused guys and they know how to play the game the right way and that’s what I’m focused on, just helping those guys win.”

Heat wins as James sits out

PORTLAND - With LeBron James injured, Chris Bosh took over for the Miami Heat.

Bosh had a season-high 37 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left, and the Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-107.

Bosh had 10 rebounds to hand Portland just its third loss at home this season.

Wesley Matthews had 23 points for Portland, which had won seven of eight.

James injured his right groin and tweaked his left ankle Friday night in a 108-103 overtime loss at Sacramento that snapped Miami’s six-game winning streak. He stayed in the game and finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

Notes

Blake Griffin had a season-high 40 points and Chris Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and five steals to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 98-90 victory over visiting Utah.

Former Rainier Beach star Jamal Crawford scored 13 for L.A. Former Bremerton star Marvin Williams had 15 points and eight rebounds for Utah.

Kyle Lowry had a season-best 32 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and Toronto beat visiting New York 115-100.

Paul Millsap scored a season-high 33 points, and Atlanta rallied to beat visiting Charlotte 118-116 in overtime. Al Jefferson had 24 points and a season-high 23 rebounds for Charlotte.

Lance Stephenson had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead Indiana (24-5) to a 105-91 victory over Brooklyn.

Miles Plumlee scored a career-high 22 points and had 13 rebounds, and host Phoenix routed Philadelphia 115-101. Former Husky Tony Wroten scored 22 for the 76ers, who lost their 13th straight road game.




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