Results 1 to 1 of 1

Thread: Pacers could get Danny back: Star article

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Dillon, Co

    Default Pacers could get Danny back: Star article

    I know we all expected it but this is the first official article I've read on his possible return.

    The Indiana Pacers spent much of the early season dealing with a struggling offense.
    But now the offense is catching up to the defense, which has been at or near the top of the league all season.
    The Pacers are averaging almost 103 points a game in their past eight games, in which they're 5-3.
    The button didn't just click on for the Pacers, who host the Brooklyn Nets Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
    It has been a transition period for them offensively, even though four players who started last season's playoff finale also started this season's opener.
    "It's all about trust," Pacers point guard George Hill said. "Earlier, we weren't trusting each other. Now we're starting to feed off each other, share the ball a lot better and trusting each and trusting the pass."
    The Pacers may get their fifth starter from last season -- Danny Granger -- back as early as Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
    Granger, out all season with a left knee injury, went through his first full-court practice Sunday.
    The Pacers must decide if it's important for Granger to play before the All-Star break next weekend or wait until Feb. 20 against the New York Knicks.
    Granger is staying in Indianapolis over the break to continue working out.
    "I thought he looked great," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said about Granger's first extensive practice. "We have to see how his body responds, obviously. Have him go through another practice Tuesday and see where we're at. I think it could be helpful to get his feet wet on Wednesday, but we have to make sure he feels good."
    There will likely be another transition period for the Pacers once Granger returns, but they know he'll only help an offense that is near the bottom of the league scoring (92.8).
    The Pacers had problems overcoming Granger's absence earlier this season because he led them in scoring five years in a row.
    That led to players trying to do too much or not enough.
    Paul George went from being the fourth scoring option -- behind Granger, David West and Roy Hibbert -- to being the primary threat. Hibbert's offensive struggles have been well documented this season, leading to more pressure for West and the perimeter players.
    "I think that's just what teams go through," Hill said. "Egos have to be left behind. You have to have one common denominator, and that's the team winning. I think early in the season we had a little bit of (thinking team first), but it wasn't full throttle. We know we're getting there."
    The Pacers are shooting 43 percent from the field this season, but they've surpassed that percentage in seven of their past eight games. They shot 39 percent against Philadelphia in their third game in as many nights last week.
    "Buying into the ball movement that we've preaching all year. It starts there," Vogel said. "Our execution is growing, we're playing faster, we're getting the ball advanced up the court faster and we're getting it moved side to side. When we get into the paint, we don't have a selfish mind frame. Let's see who I can find that's open."

  2. The Following 8 Users Say Thank You to Pacerized For This Useful Post:

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-09-2012, 05:38 PM
  2. article about Danny by Conrad
    By BornReady#6 in forum Indiana Pacers
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-04-2011, 06:31 PM
  3. Indiana Pacers All-Star forward Danny Granger nearing return [ESPN]
    By RoboHicks in forum NBA Headlines (RSS Feeds)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-07-2010, 07:10 PM
  4. Article on All-Star Danny
    By MyFavMartin in forum Indiana Pacers
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-13-2009, 03:59 PM
  5. Star Article, Pacers don't want to gut roster.
    By Will Galen in forum Indiana Pacers
    Replies: 56
    Last Post: 07-08-2004, 05:18 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts