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Pacers’ Granger out a week due to sore knee. Again.

Mar 6, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

DeAndre Jordan, Danny Granger AP

UPDATE 1:17 pm: The Pacers released an update saying that Danny Granger had an MRI and it showed no new damage to his knee. Which is good. I guess. It’s the same old pain.

He will be re-evaluated in a week.

12:50 pm: It wasn’t a good sign when Danny Granger’s comeback from knee surgery had him playing 8 minutes in the first half of a game and sitting the entire second half. Then he said he still had pain in the knee.

So it’s not a shock Granger will be out for the Pacers against the Celtics Wednesday and for another week, something reported by Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe and others.

This isn’t that big a blow to the Pacers short term — they are the two seed in the East and have basically done it without him all season. Nothing changes. The Pacers still have the best defense in the NBA.

The issue will be more in the playoffs — they need to score more to challenge the Heat, or frankly they may need to score more to even get a chance to challenge the Heat. So long as the Pacers offense is prone to long naps during games, they are vulnerable to teams that can score in bunches (hello there Knicks).

But as for Wednesday night with the Celtics defense slowing the Pacers and the Pacers defense taking on a Celtics team on a back-to-back… bet the under. This is not going to be pretty.

  1. 808raiderinparadise - Mar 6, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Not good, a lot of ball to be played before the grueling playoffs.

    Theres only so much Boy George can do.

  2. davidly - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Take it slow. They’ll be fine.

  3. llindy86 - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Not an issue. Hasn’t been. Won’t be.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Look nobody in the East is even close to Miami, esecially in a 7 game scenario.

      So to say it won’t matter maybe pertains to the regular season?

      Every team in the East will need all hands on deck, besdies the Birdman is getting his legs back and is proving to be a great addition for the paint on D, boards and some much needed physiciality.

      The heat have 3 guys that come off the bench that have been some of the top nba 3 pt shooters over the past 10 years in Miller, Battier and Ray Allen, do you realize how huge that is in playoff games, when teams pay half court and you HAVE to hit kick-out shots ???

  4. progress2011 - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Damaged goods….Indy better get this guy off the books ASAP !

  5. memphistigers311 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    “The Pacers still have the best defense in the NBA.”
    Kurt should watch more Memphis games so he can have facts right. Nobody plays defense like the Grizz.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      On the season Indy allows 95.5 points per 100 possessions, best in the league, Memphis allows 97.1 which is second.

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