The Indiana Pacers are on track to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs in the coming months. Paul George and company have played extremely well in their third season under head coach Frank Vogel with a 38-22 record and a second place standing in the Eastern Conference behind the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
Unfortunately for Danny Granger, the team’s success hasn’t been with the veteran forward in the lineup. Granger has only played in five games this season with knee problems and will miss another week with soreness in his knee according to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk:
The Pacers released an update saying that Danny Granger had an MRI and it showed no new damage to his knee. Which is good. I guess. It’s the same old pain.
He will be re-evaluated in a week.
With the Pacers fighting for the second seed in the East and currently considered to be the best defensive team in the NBA, Indiana isn’t struggling as a result of Granger’s persistent knee problems. Paul George, George Hill, David West and Roy Hibbert have all continued to play consistently well this season meriting an All-Star appearance for George and giving the team the distinction as one of the best all-around squads in the NBA.
Granger is set to miss the next week or so with the soreness in his knee, but it remains to be seen whether or not knee issues will continue to be a problem for the one-time All-Star. Rumors started to circulate heading into the NBA trade deadline last month that Granger may have been on his way out of Indiana, but the team decided to hold onto the veteran for the rest of the season.
If the injuries continue to keep Granger sidelined and not the same player of old, the Pacers parting ways with the New Mexico product in one way or another.