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Pacers’ Granger now ruled out first three weeks of season

Oct 28, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

Danny Granger AP

Sunday the Pacers were saying Danny Granger would be out for the season opening back-to-back they have.

What they meant to say is he would miss the first three weeks of the season with a calf strain. The team made the official announcement Monday and they called it a “precautionary measure.”

“The length of time is a precautionary measure as the team wants to ensure Granger is physically ready to play in light of missing all but five games last season due to his knee injury. The rehabilitation time is strictly related to the calf injury.”

Yes, because there is no way the calf strain could be tied to his compensating for knee concerns. Nope, that never happens. (It may or may not be the case here, just throwing out the possibility.)

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What we said yesterday applies here as well — whether two games or three weeks the Pacers are wise to be patient here.

They need to get him healthy to answer the questions that face Granger and the Pacers this season: Can Granger play with Paul George and Roy Hibbert? If the answer is yes, they just added an All-Star to the roster and become a bigger threat. If not Granger and his expiring contract will be on the trade block as the Pacers look for pieces that do fit.

  1. metalhead65 - Oct 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    they need to get him healthy so he can prove to other teams he can still score so the pacers can dump him before the trading deadline. they need to bring him off the bench to limit his playing time so does not get hurt again. at this point it would be stupid for the pacers to think they can depend on him as a starter.

    • redbaronx - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      @metalhead65 – I don’t know why you (and others I’ve seen post on this topic) are in such a hurry to dump him. It’s not like they could trade him and get equal value in return.

      • metalhead65 - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        obviously they can’t get anything for him now but if he can stay healthy enough to come off the bench to fool another team into taking him then it is better than the pacers paying him 14 million for being injured another year.the pacers get nothing but cap relief when he walks at the end of the year so if they can anything of value for him then they need to do it. I was hoping he would be able to come off the bench and help the pacers this year but he could not make it thru preseason without getting hurt. calf this time and who knows what’s next. that is why they need to get rid of him if they can.

  2. skinsfanwill - Oct 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    It would be stupid for them to think they can depend on him as a starter if Hibbert and George were not there. His time is very limited in Indiana.

  3. zoomy123 - Oct 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    The Pacers need to trade Granger and get a great bench player.

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