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Pacers may get Danny Granger back this week

Feb 10, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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The Pacers have managed to do just fine to this point of the season without Danny Granger, who was by far the team’s leading scorer a season ago. They may not have to be without him for much longer.

Granger practiced on Sunday, and Indiana may get him back into the lineup as early as this week.

From Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:

The Pacers may get their fifth starter from last season — Danny Granger — back as early as Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Granger, out all season with a left knee injury, went through his first full-court practice Sunday.

The Pacers must decide if it’s important for Granger to play before the All-Star break next weekend or wait until Feb. 20 against the New York Knicks.

Indiana sits at third place in the East, thanks largely to the emergence of Paul George as an All-Star who’s been leading the team in Granger’s absence.

The Pacers could certainly use the boost Granger is likely to provide offensively, considering that they rank just 24th in the league in offensive efficiency.

Indiana ranks first in the defensive side of that category, however, and has already beaten the Heat and the Bulls each twice while Granger has been sidelined.

Granger averaged 18.7 points and five rebounds for the Pacers last season, and helped his team push the eventual champion Heat to six games in the second round of the playoffs.

  1. badintent - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    With Paul starting, Granger comes off the bench. Pacers are getting mojo smoking.

    • saint1997 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      Screw that, they’re third without him. Might as well trade him now at high value and add some younger guys. The trade which I think would be awesome is Tyreke Evans and someone to balance out the contract for Danny. Pacers desperately need another ball handling shot creator on offence and Danny Granger would be a great complement to Demarcus. With the gap at the 2, sacramento could draft one of the very talented off guards Shabazz Muhammed or Ben McLemore. That is a dynamic team for the future. Tell me what you think!

      • badintent - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        With all the heavy hitters wheeling and dealing for the Kings, I would be surprised if Herr Stern even allowed them to make a trade. Granger is a great fit for them, you’re right on that, but I just don’t see Stern aprroving this at this time. Maybe later when the dust clears and the Kings are in Seattle.Or Anahiem or where ever

      • saint1997 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:09 AM

        fair enough. For a struggling team you are right they have been suspiciously quiet around this time of year. Still you’d think a team with Granger and McLemore/Muhammed would be a better and more exciting team to go to a new market with than anyone else

      • badintent - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        very quiet but donnie walsh is a real smart man. only he could have got the Knicks out of the abyss that Thomas created.

      • saint1997 - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:10 AM

        very true. we shall see

  2. metalhead65 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    you seem really hung up on whatever it is that offensive efficiency is but all I know or care about is that they are winning. the only offensive stat that matters is they score more than the other team. I think they should bring him off the bench to start with so he is not over worked to and not to mess with what is working right now. he would give them scoring which they need and time to get in game shape without pushing to hard to soon.

    • davidly - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:04 AM

      I couldn’t agree more, and, anyway, he’ll improve their offense by coming off the bench.

  3. nbascreed - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    I would look to trade Granger or be clear that his role is as a sixth man for the forseeable future. You have Paulie George playing very well and at 23 it’s a MUCH greater chance that he can turn into an elite level star than a 30 year old jump shooting Granger. If Granger has a problem with that role then move him, but you don’t stunt George’s development at this point. Superstars…neh…true stars are rare in this league. If George can be one, don’t stunt him please.

    • money2long - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      paulie george..really

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