Being cautious with Danny Granger’s sore left knee in the NBA’s preseason didn’t help the pain go away. Neither did last month’s platelet-rich plasma injection.
The Indiana Pacers finally decided Tuesday to sideline their leading scorer indefinitely pending more medical opinions.
The Pacers will open the season tonight in Toronto with free agent acquisition Gerald Green starting in Granger’s small forward spot. Green played extensively in the team’s seven preseason games, starting four and averaging 12.3 points.
But the loss of Granger, who injured the knee in last season’s Miami series and tweaked it in an off-season workout, can’t be understated, and coach Frank Vogel said there’s no timetable for his return.
“It’s a limiting type of pain,” Vogel said. “He can run and jump and play, but he’s limping and a little gimpy. He lacks explosiveness.”
Granger has been Indiana’s leading scorer the past five seasons, averaging 18.7 points last season. He tried to play in the two most recent preseason games, but he came up limping in last week’s home loss to Chicago.
Supposedly he felt a sharp pain in the game against CHI and it hasn't gone away. Gerald Green gets a sizable boost, but I generally like the opportunity for the rest of the starters too.