No News is Good News for Granger
Pacers forward Danny Granger hasn’t seen the floor for a regular season game this season, but he has increased his rehabilitation activity with treatment to strengthen his left knee. Coach Frank Vogel said Granger has done little on the court, except occasionally shooting on his own, which we have seen at the end of a few recent practices.
The practice court has been a popular spot before home games. Paul George started it last month with his new pregame routine that includes a couple hundred shots and George Hill now follows George before they take the main court for warmups. In the above picture, Granger is shooting with a ball boy prior to the Pacers game Wednesday against the Wizards. At the other end, Hill was playing one-on-one against fellow point guard Ben Hansbrough.
Granger has been fighting soreness in his left knee dating back to the Pacers second-round playoff series against Miami in May. The injury then flared up in September and he opted to have his knee injected with platelet rich plasma in hopes that the treatment would do the trick.
Granger rested the knee most of training camp but he wanted to test it in the final two preseason games. He played almost 35 minutes combined in the two games but still, something didn’t feel right. He lost much of his mobility and struggled to push off his left knee.
With more soreness and pain, Granger sought out multiple opinions. Then, on Nov. 6th, he received an injection from world-renowned Dr. James Andrews in Florida with the expectation of being out for approximately three months. That would put him back around the first of February.
When asked whether we may see Granger on the floor in their rescheduled game against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 4, Vogel said, “Yeah, we might. That’s right around the time that we’re hoping to get him back but we’ll see.”
Granger hasn’t talked with the media since his knee injection and has declined all media requests.