The Indiana Pacers didn’t need Danny Granger to beat the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. They haven’t needed him for the past year and a half when you think about it.
However, a healthy Granger wouldn’t hurt – at least the Pacers hope not. Either way, we’re about to find out fairly soon.
On Tuesday, Granger told the Indy Star that he will almost certainly be back on Friday.
“There’s a good chance. A very good chance,” Granger said. “I’m working on it everyday.”
After shootaround in preparation for the Miami Heat, Granger said that if the Pacers were playing a lesser opponent on Tuesday then he would have tried to return tonight. However, Granger, who has missed every game this season with a strained left calf, described his only hindrance as conditioning.
“I’ll have a minutes limit, strictly because I have to play my way into shape,” Granger said. “We don’t have enough practice for me to practice my way into shape. It’s literally going to be in games where I am playing where I get in shape.”
Granger is expected to take a sixth-man role on this already loaded Pacers squad, where, if he excels, will only make Indiana that much better.
Indiana would also have the option to trade the former 20-point per game scorer, but I’m not sure what the Pacers need to address at this point in the season. Right now, they seem pretty complete. But that’s another debate for another day. Granger needs to officially return first, and that appears to be Friday against the Bobcats.