What’s the worst way for Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger to start this season — by not starting it at all. That’s exactly what is likely to happen next week when the Pacers open their season against the Orlando Magic.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said after practice on Thursday the strained calf suffered by Granger last week is worse than previously thought and he doubts the former all-star forward will play in the team’s regular season-opener against Orlando on Tuesday.
“There’s a chance he could play (against the Magic), but it’s probably unlikely,” Vogel said.
Granger missed the bulk of last season to injury as well, only appeared in five games. On the injury report, Granger is listed as day-to-day but at this point there’s not much stock in coming back too soon. One bad decision and it’ll all be gone before it even begins. Right now the key for Granger is getting back to health, not speeding his way back onto a basketball court to show his worth.
Granger averaged 18.7 points and five rebounds during his last full season (2011-12) as a starter for the Pacers. This season he’s projected to start out as a sixth man for Indiana whenever he is healthy enough to play.
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