The Cavaliers were given the day off on Sunday. It was a small reward for beating the Bulls on Saturday, the second night of a back-to-back set.
Yet, on Sunday morning, one player didn’t want to disrupt his routine.
While most players were probably sleeping in, Cavs center Andrew Bynum showed up at the practice facility at 9:30 a.m. — as he does almost every day.
It came just hours after his breakthrough game in the Cavs’ 97-93 victory over Chicago when he erupted for a season-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
“It’s unbelievable,” Cavs forward Alonzo Gee said of the big man. “I haven’t seen it in a while, so I was very happy for him. He played really well. We’re just happy he’s coming back.”
Cavs coach Mike Brown played Bynum a season-high 30 minutes. Bynum wondered after the game how his knees would feel the next day.
“From what our trainers said, he was fine after the game,” Brown said.
“He’s been making progress. Our medical team has done a great job. He’s done a great job of stuff that’s needed to be done. (Sunday) we had a day off, he was in here at 9:30 in the morning.
“That’s how he’s been. Before the season started, he was doing that every day. I think he might have done it every day but one day. That type of dedication from him, from our medical staff, led by (Cavs physical therapist) George Sibel. It’s been good. They got the formula back there.”
The 7-foot, 294-pounder is averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. His shooting percentage is up to 40 percent (38 of 95), and he continues to lead the team at the foul line at 91.3 percent (21 of 23).
The last Cavs player to record 20 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three assists was Shawn Kemp vs. Detroit on April 8, 2000.