The Indiana Pacers are jockeying for playoff position as they are currently tied for fourth with the Brooklyn Nets with a 27-19 record. And they might get a piece back very, very soon. Here’s Mike Wells from the Indianapolis Star with the report.
Danny Granger took part in a live half court scrimmage for the first time 2day. And before u ask there’s still NO timetable for his return.
— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) January 31, 2013
Danny Granger had been out since November after he received an injection to treat left patellar tendinosis. But they had been swimming pretty well without him. With Granger out, Paul George emerged as an all-star this season.
While the report mentioned that there is still no timetable, Danny Granger had been expected to be back in February. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel had mentioned that it could be after the all-star break but, nevertheless, this is good news for the Pacers as this can only help their ailing offense. The Pacers are 29th in points scored (91.8) and 28th in offensive rating (points per possession) this season.
But defensively, they’ve been one of the best. Their physicality has left some teams battered after games. The Pacers allow 89.9 points per game, which is second in the league, and are first in defensive rating (points per possession allowed). With Granger back, they should score more points. They should be okay defensively even if Granger is not exactly the best in that department. For the Pacers to compete with the Heat this season, they need a little bit more offense.
Danny Granger has been with the organization since 2005, when he was drafted as the 17th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers. He averaged 18.7 points last year and shot 38.1 percent behind the arc. Granger had a banner year in 2008-09 when he finished fifth in the league in scoring with 25.8 points per game. He was chosen as an All-Star that season for the only time in his career and won the Most Improved Player award.