Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby Basketball Fan on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:10 pm

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Pacers' Danny Granger is out for the season with knee surgery
By Zach Harper | NBA writer
March 28, 2013 5:22 pm ET


Danny Granger is done for the season. (Getty Images)
The Indiana Pacers have been waiting for former All-Star forward Danny Granger to get healthy so he could give them an even more formidable attack against the rest of the Eastern Conference in the upcoming playoffs. Granger had missed the majority of the season after battling patellar tendinosis.

He returned to the team on Feb. 25 and played in five games but hadn't played since March 3, when he went scoreless in eight minutes against the Chicago Bulls. The Pacers had hoped that he would return to action on Thursday night against the Dallas Mavericks, but the team announced that Granger will have surgery on his problematic left knee and miss the rest of the season.

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday that forward Danny Granger will miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his left knee.

The decision was made after all conservative treatment options could not alleviate the soreness Granger encountered. After consultation between Granger, the Pacers' medical staff and Dr. James Andrews, surgery became the preferred option.

This isn't great news for Granger and his Pacers teammates, but it does give them a definitive answer on whether he was going to be back and healthy to help them in the playoffs. Heading into this season, Granger had led the team in scoring for five straight seasons. Although he has been the leader of this team for years, his scoring average and effectiveness have regressed every season since the 2008-09 campaign.

Without Granger as a weapon, the Pacers will continue to lean on the frontcourt of Roy Hibbert, David West and Paul George. George emerged as an All-Star in Granger's absence this season, and West has helped carry the team all season long. Hibbert had a very slow start to the year, but he has been one of the best rim protectors in the NBA all season long. Recently, he has come out and been very vocal about his teammates' focus after nearly blowing a huge lead to the Hawks earlier this week.

The Pacers will need the leadership of all three guys in the playoffs, as they attempt to challenge the Miami Heat for a berth in The Finals for the first time since 2000.
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby kenzo on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:13 pm

No Granger, no Rose, no Rondo. On top of being a realy good team, Miami is lucky as hell :freak2:
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby Weezy on Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:26 pm

Could Miami's road be any easier? There's not a single legit contender in the East besides them, NY, Indiana, Chicago and Brooklyn are all second tier at best. This is like perfect timing for the Heat's players to have joined up, weak overall league with fading all time greats, not a lot of up and coming stars capable of challenging them in their primes, it's amazing how perfect it is. I'd love to see them have to go through the 2002 Kings, 2000 Blazers, 2000-2004 Spurs, 2004-2006 Pistons, 2008-2010 Celtics, 2009-2010 Lakers, just anyone that could be considered a great team and present an actual challenge, an actual team of grown men NBA players that know how to play the game at it's the highest level.
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby MadMax on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm

Weezy wrote:Could Miami's road be any easier? There's not a single legit contender in the East besides them, NY, Indiana, Chicago and Brooklyn are all second tier at best. This is like perfect timing for the Heat's players to have joined up, weak overall league with fading all time greats, not a lot of up and coming stars capable of challenging them in their primes, it's amazing how perfect it is. I'd love to see them have to go through the 2002 Kings, 2000 Blazers, 2000-2004 Spurs, 2004-2006 Pistons, 2008-2010 Celtics, 2009-2010 Lakers, just anyone that could be considered a great team and present an actual challenge, an actual team of grown men NBA players that know how to play the game at it's the highest level.


+1

The Lakers had to play some insanely talented and tough teams to even to the finals...

I hope Miami loses to whomever they play in the finals this year.
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:37 pm

lol... this season is just a :bang: :bang:

If the Heat don't make the Finals then it should be considered a complete failure. They are the ONLY healthy team in the East.
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:32 pm

That sucks for Indiana. Granger guard Lebron last year as well as anybody I've seen, IMO. Wish him a full recovery.
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby BDG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:35 pm

kenzo wrote:No Granger, no Rose, no Rondo. On top of being a realy good team, Miami is lucky as hell :freak2:
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby lakerfan2 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:39 pm

Gasol for Granger next year :man1:
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Re: Pacers' Danny Granger out for season with knee surgery

Postby Basketball Fan on Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:10 pm

The Pacers might consider it given how he never seems to stay healthy and the Pacers seem to do well without him especially with the emergence of Paul George.

Its just that Granger seems to guard LeBron fairly effectively and that's something you aren't going to get from Gasol.
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