And sure a lot of players do it but they usually do it after the game, note that it has been reported that for that kind of injury pain is expected forever so is not that surprising, note that I was just pointing that out so it shouldn't be considered a big deal.
And, wow another guy goes down to injury, Brook Lopez just broke his foot for the 4th time in 3 seasons.
My thoughts on Danny last night:
-Rusty, but he moved well like V said. Danny's never had the most athletic looking game, but it was good to see him get that swat on Dwight early. That was fun
-His jumper still looks pure but it's definitely gonna take him a couple weeks to get it consistent. It's too bad he stepped out of bounds on that catch and shoot 3 that would have been his second (which also counted as a TO)
- I was surprised we put him in the PnR so often as the ball handler, I think 3 of his turnovers came off of getting his pocket picked in this situation. Seemed like a lot to ask of the guy in his first game back
- He is still a load for players to handle in the post. We created some great action off of his post iso. I'd much rather us iso him there than in a PnR situation. He was doing a great job passing out of the post. Found Scola and Ian for easy buckets
- Generally made the right decisions within the flow of the offense all night. Had a few nice "hockey assist" style passes
- Got beat a few times on D where he read the PnR wrong
- It is so nice like V said to have a competent vet at the wing. Nothing against OJ or Solo but Danny was ten times more relaxed and dialed in with the team in his first game than they've been all season
- It is great to see how much this team loves one another. Paul and Lance hyping the crowd when Danny was finally subbed out will always be something to remember if you were there. THEY ARE A TEAM
Overall, I thought everything was positive and the negatives are what you would expect from someone returning from what DG has been through. Can't wait to see him continuing to get better. Also, holy Lord that Lance pass on the attempted alley oop that was so funny. I dont think healthy Danny could throw that down, but I was impressed that he gathered it in and almost put the layup in, Danny has always had amazing body control which is why he is such a great jump shooter everywhere on the court.
He looked terrible last night. But anyone would after so much time off. There is quite literally nothing informative to take away from this game other than he walked off under his own power.
Not that I expect that to stop anyone...fire away!
Either way I noticed DG doing it yesterday but like I said with a problem like he has knee pain is expected(like Dwade), the goal is going to be to control the pain though.
Oh, I did enjoy the aggressive on the near and 1 in the first half, place might of blown the roof off if the layup had gone through.
In other words, don't just give Danny the ball at the arc and let him back a guy down, but actually have him establish position and have somebody throw him the ball.
In other news, it won't get many assists, but I'd forgotten how good Danny was at getting the entry pass to where the bigs can easily get it. We talked at the beginning of last year about how Danny's loss hurt Roy, but you could see how well he got the ball to Ian and Scola down low. It's not playmaking, exactly, just being efficient while moving the ball. Putting it where it's supposed to be.
Granger was starting to hit his stride last year when he re-injured his knee. He kept us in the Clippers game in the first half, scoring 12 points and looking deadly from three. The guy can still play and once he gets the rust off is someone I expect can give us 10 points a night consistently.
I think most of the early discussion and debate about Granger wasn't that he'd be able to help the team, it was that it would have to be off the bench because the team had grown too good to reinsert him into the starting lineup and where he could really help would be off the bench. Hence the argument: If it's not broke, don't fix it.
Points were not just how good the team was without him but that they would risk the cohesion of the starting unit to not only reinsert him but also count on him being consistently available and able to play starter's minutes.
I get the feeling the early season passion for seeing him reinserted into the starting lineup has waned and it's now a majority opinion he needs to stay with the bench. I could be wrong.... maybe it's just that he was out so long the most ardent supporters of him starting found it hard to argue that point when he wasn't even playing the first 1/4 of the season.
Some people just like to winge and moan. And people judging a player after his first game back in forever, awesome sample size. Danny Granger was an excellent basketball player. He got injured. A lot. He is back now and will not be the same player but is going to be a good basketball player if he can stay on the court. Everything we have ever seen and heard from Danny Granger is that he loves the Pacers and will do what it takes to be an addition and not a hindrance. He has stated time and time again that he is happy he doesn't have to be the focal point of the offense anymore. I literally have no clue what people are arguing about. Why on earth would you not want Danny Granger coming off your bench? Our second unit is better than a lot of starting 5s (in my opinion). We are 21-5. For gods sake sit back and enjoy the ride! We may never see a team this talent packed again, and that includes having a stud like Granger coming off the bench.