Nailed it, TJ. Nice work!
Nailed it, TJ. Nice work!
Really excited to see Danny play. We need a better bench, and we'll be getting one.
There needs to a video montage on his return, and a scene of all the Starters standing up on their chairs saying "Oh Captain my Captain!"
Sounds like he's close, and I think the Bobcats would be a nice opponent to bring him up to speed without throwing him into a melee.
The article's just the same quotes we've already heard, how Danny hopes to play Friday, needs to get back into game shape and all that. But didn't stop the intern that runs the Star twitter account.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Guess who's returning to the court? <a href="https://twitter.com/Pacers">@Pacers</a> forward Danny Granger. <a href="http://t.co/fft5k9HCXM">http://t.co/fft5k9HCXM</a></p>— Indianapolis Star (@indystar) <a href="https://twitter.com/indystar/statuses/410475423621840897">December 10, 2013</a></blockquote>
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sound a little under the weather to anyone else? just worn out maybe.
We need him tonight!! Can't be any worse than OJ
Wow, a reasonably healthy Granger is without question a net addition to this team. He has the air of someone who's feeling healed and ready to get out there (once he gets his sea legs). Good body language. This is reassuring to me at least.
If he gets to a place where they move Lance into the 6th man role, we will have one of the biggest lineups size wise in the NBA. Ball movement and rebounding would be compromised, but size and offense go up. Lance would become the first option on the 2nd team during a normal game. I think he'd like that.
I'd love to see what that looks like in a real game.
I wonder how this "news" will inspire Lance tonight. :) He's due for a big game.
Well in that game we lost to the Bulls that ended our 9 game streak earlier in the season? No one thought Derrick Rose would play in that game. He strained a hamstring prior to Friday's game against the Raptors. He didn't play in that game, so the following Saturday at home vs. Indy...everyone thought Rose would miss that one too. He was listed as day-to-day. Then he started, and hit 6 3's against us and we lost big. So technically, coaches aren't in the loop normally about this sort of thing sometimes.
The part of the video where he talks about his knee not being a problem at all really put my mind at ease. Just the way he said it made it seem like he doesn't even think about it being a problem at all. It's really hard to not get excited about Danny returning.
Lance should start unless the wheels come off. As we've said all along, it's not who starts that matters, it will be who finishes and we have plenty of time to figure out how that is going to play out assuming Danny looks good, but otherwise we're just getting the cart before the horse.
The only thing I fear is a new injury. Otherwise, I think it's just a matter of time before he gets his conditioning up, and I think he'll play like he did 2 years ago.
Per FB today
Danny Granger won't play in tonight's game against Miami, but he discusses a "very good chance" that he'll return to the court on Friday.
Watch video & read more: http://on.nba.com/18AbsHZ
They have vastly different skill sets and bring unique things to the table. I don't really consider Lance to be a "weak link" as you put it, either. I do think a healthy Granger would be nice to keep Lance in check though when he starts playing out of control, as he is wont to do on occasion.
However, on the offensive end where Lance can spin off out of control? I trust Danny to be far more mature and consistent. Is that going to be more valuable in the starting lineup or off the bench? A much better question and one that also remains to be seen. If nothing else, Danny coming up on Lance's shoulder for the starting position is going to force Lance not to take his place for granted and buckle down.
By the way I'm seriously asking to see a list of older players that have been out for 19/20 months because of injury and came back to be the same.
Can we not ruin the return of Danny with the talk of "Lance is better--no Danny is better" etc. Honestly it's all opinion at this point, and has been discussed, argued, and frankly beaten into the ground.
The situation will work itself out, especially if Danny comes back anywhere close to where he was previously. Worst case scenario, we get a good shooting wing player coming off the bench to replace the inconsistent OJ/Solo/Copeland's of the world. Best case scenario, we have a REALLY good 6th man coming off our bench, and a new, completely different set of skills to add to a team that's already playing at a great level. Just enjoy, and chill with all the skepticism until the man actually plays.
It all depends on how well Granger plays. I have a strong suspicion that they'll at least try it to see how it works if he's legitimately back to some semblance of his old form. I'll give you that there's a lot of reason to be skeptical of his chances here, given that it's rare for someone to move fully past a tendinosis-type injury. But if he does, look out.
Since86 posted some article back a few weeks ago that had a quote with Lance excited about the prospect of being the leader of the 2nd team. There's no shame in being the spark plug off the bench. A lot of players have made a hell of a career out of it.
It might also put some downward pressure on his next contract size.
I mean seriously, every angle of everything with Granger has been discussed, argued, and beaten into the ground at this point.