Granger's performance around the 2:30 mark last night was a nice encapsulation of his career.
We are down five points. He gets the ball in the corner and lights up a three to get us within two.
Now . . . all we need is a strong defensive stop to tie the game. Instead within the first few seconds Granger tries to poke it away from Grant Hill way out on the perimeter. He clearly fouls him, but, thankfully, the refs don't call it. Not to deter him, Granger reaches in again, this time forcing the refs to call the foul.
We are in the penalty. Grant Hill is a fine free throw shooter. He hits them both, making it a two possession game, once again. And we could never recover from there.
It was such a stupid defensive play that at first I thought Paul George had done it. Surely, this was the work of an inexperienced 21 year old.
No, it was Danny. And these are the kinds of undisciplined, unthinking plays we have watched Granger perform throughout his career. And he mixes them in with superb, clutch shots down the stretch.
We probably have no chance to win without his clutch shots. And we probably lose our chance to win with his poorly timed defensive mistakes down the stretch.
A microcosm of our Danny Granger for YOUR Indiana Pacers. He is good, but he is not perfect, and I guess we have to learn to love him.