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Pacers Granger out for season to have another knee surgery

Mar 28, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

Danny Granger AP

Danny Granger, the Pacers leading scorer from a year ago who has played just five games this season due to knee issues, is about to go back under the knife for his second surgery in seven months.

With that, Granger is done for the season, the team announced Thursday.

The decision was made after all conservative treatment options could not alleviate the soreness Granger encountered. After consultation between Granger, the Pacers’ medical staff and Dr. James Andrews, surgery became the preferred option.

Granger underwent a procedure in late October for patellar tendinosis. He returned Feb. 25 and played five games before continued soreness in the knee sidelined him. After further rehab did not ease the soreness, surgery was decided on. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

The Pacers go into the playoffs the team a number of pundits — myself included — think match up best on paper with the Heat. Indiana has the size inside with Roy Hibbert and the long defenders on the wings (Paul George, George Hill, etc.) to slow the Heat as much as anyone.

But their offense has been abysmal. George has stepped up with an All-Star season but it’s not enough, the Pacers score an average 101.3 points per 100 possessions, 19th best in the NBA. Which is pretty much right where they are at the last 10 games. And frankly, that’s not going to be enough to beat the Heat and very probably not some of the other teams they will face in the second round.

After all this time off Granger was not going to come back and suddenly be a huge factor. But he could score, maybe hit some big shots, and the Pacers could have used that. Now they will have to look elsewhere.

  1. davidly - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Frigg.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Tough loss.
    Paul George having an All-Star year, and Lance Stephenson growth from last year helps, but Granger’s defense and 3-point shooting (career 38.4% 3-point shooter) will be missed in the playoffs.

  3. cantonbound13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Overrated

    • gostlcards5 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      With all due respect, your comment is ridiculous. Granger (like him or not) has been the Pacers leading scorer since he has been on the team, and I believe that he has been top-10(ish) most of that time also. He is a plus-defender as well. Indiana has not missed him all season, because of the development/improvement of PGeorge and Stephenson, but you cannot deny this guy’s talent and what him being gone could mean for this team.

      • cantonbound13 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        My comment was poor & lazy. I mean to say they are fine without him. Hill & Stephenson have done a great job with the extra minutes & are younger.

      • sportsnut101 - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        If granger wasn’t on team. Sumone else would be leading scorer. Sumone has to score on a tem right.

        He’s been there best player for yrsago sorry to hear this

        Why is Kobe knee the only one that made it from Germany surgery

  4. money2long - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    i dont care what the “pundits” say. i really believe the knicks can give the heat a run for their money more than the pacers could.

    cue the heckles.

    • badintent - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      I’m gonna write “BALL DON’T LIE” on some MJ’s Hanes underwear(they wanted MJ long before they got Rodman) and send it to North Korea. They ‘ll be freaking confused and demand Rodman come back to be the country’s Director of all Comrade Communications and Capitalist Devils CIA SPY Satellite. I’ll spray it with Cruex and pepper spray .

  5. gostlcards5 - Mar 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    This MIGHT not hurt the Pacers ultimately, but it definitely hurts their chances. On the other hand, Big Roy has been playing much better of late, and that is going to have to continue for Indy to have a prayer against the Heat. They are going to need their other big guys back from injury (especially David West), too.

  6. lakerluver - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Dang it, I’m sick and tired of the Heat getting all the breaks! First D.Rose gets hurt last season, then they face a banged up Celtics team, now this!! The Pacers have the team to beat them too. Not having Granger makes it tough, albeit still doable.

  7. moseskkim - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Granger isn’t that good. Him injured actually helped the pacers because George developed into a franchise player and is only gonna get better. Granger is a high volume low percentage shooter. Good 3 pt shooter but with his bad knees, his shot would’ve been subpar. I hope he comes back healthy but it’s not that big of a loss for the pacers.

  8. progress2011 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Brandon Roy 2.0

    All the “POTENTIAL” in the world but their bodies simply can’t hold up to the hardwood.

    Hopefully they both can get into another part of the game they can enjoy. Maybe they both can get a training facility to help players that can’t shoot as well as they can.

    First student…..Rajon Rondo….ahahahaah

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