BOSTON - Danny Granger said he doesn't regret signing a contract extension prior to the start of the 2008-09 season. He's headed for an early offseason for the fourth straight year after making the playoffs his rookie season.
"Signing my extension was a no-brainer," he said after the Pacers got beat by the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Granger was asked if he thought he needed a better supporting cast.
"With our offense, (with) what we do, it's equal opportunity," he said. "For whatever reason, our offense hasn't been there. We got worse on defense."
Team officials have no choice but to add better players if they expect to be decent anytime soon.
Granger said he's appealing the one-game suspension the NBA handed down to him earlier this week for his part in an altercation in Phoenix on March 6.
"I didn't throw a punch at anybody, I pushed," Granger said. "We've already started the appeal process."
The suspension cost Granger about $110,338 of his $9.9 million salary this season
Granger came to Earl Watson's defense by going after Channing Frye. Frye threw a left-handed punch at Granger.
"I have no idea how long the appeal process will take, but we're doing it because I know I didn't throw a punch," Granger said. "I was very surprised when I was told about it."
The Pacers suffered a minor scare when Granger injured his knee against the Celtics.
He had it looked after the game. He said it's fine and he expects to play at Milwaukee on Sunday.
The same can't be said about T.J. Ford. He said it's doubtful that he'll play against the Bucks after he injured his sore left groin in the first quarter Friday.
Ford originally injured his groin in the second half of the Feb. 20 game at Houston.
A.J. Price will get Ford's minutes if he doesn't play.