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Danny Granger officially out for Pacers’ first two games

Oct 27, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena Reuters

This was expected (we told you Thursday this was likely coming) but now it is official:

Danny Granger will miss the first two games of the Pacers season due to a strained left calf, reports The Pacers open up Tuesday night at home against Orlando then travel to take on the Pelicans in New Orleans Wednesday.

“He’s just doing some light shooting and stuff,” Vogel said. “As long as he’s feeling anything down there, [the training staff is] going to be cautious with it.”

Granger basically missed all of last season due to a knee injury and he got back from that, but has had the calf strain the past two weeks since a preseason game against Chicago.

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The Pacers are going to be patient here, there is no reason to rush him back for games this early in the season. That said, there questions the Pacers need to answer in the first part of the season: Can Granger play with Paul George and Roy Hibbert? If so they have added an All-Star scorer to the mix, if not they will be shopping Granger and his expiring contract around for pieces that do fit.

They need to get him back on the court before we get in any answer.

  1. metalhead65 - Oct 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    well this should end any talk of him being a starter if the pacers are smart.they should have him come off the bench and only long enough to show he can still score,hopefully they can convince a team to give them a young player or high draft pick to take him off their hands before he falls apart before the trading deadline.

  2. basketballgod87 - Oct 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    he a liability and could get in the way of them going far. trade him for a point guard…………….

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:08 AM

      they have a point guard. A pretty good one, in fact.

      • basketballgod87 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        george hill is a solid backup

      • bougin89 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        George Hill is a good combo guard but isn’t a pure point guard. Paul George plays a lot of point forward because their offense can get really stagnant at times with Hill at pg.

  3. discountdoublecheck - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Is the season only 2 games now?

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