Granger expected to miss Pacers’ opener
by Michael Pointer, USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel said today it is doubtful forward Danny Granger will be ready for the season opener against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 29 because of a lingering calf injury.
Granger was injured during an exhibition loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 16. Team officials said at the time they did not believe the injury was serious and Granger likely could have played if it was a regular season game. But he has not practiced since and Vogel acknowledged after practice today the injury is more serious than originally thought.
“There’s a chance he could play on opening night, but it’s probably unlikely,” Vogel said. “He was on track to maybe have a role with the starting unit. Now, he’s struggling to find his timing. We’re running the offense through Lance (Stephenson) when he comes off the bench. We’ll see where he’s at on a day-by-day basis.”
Granger played in just five games last season because of a knee injury. The calf injury is unrelated to that, but Vogel said he is concerned that Granger is not building enough strength in the knee because he has been unable to practice for several days. The Pacers finish their preseason schedule Friday in Dallas.
Michael Pointer writes for The Indianapolis Star.