He is practicing!
Shouldn't be too long now before he gets some of Pulp's minutes but it may be a few weeks until we see the DG we remember.
I'll keep my hopes up.
SAN ANTONIO The unexpected continues on the Indiana Pacers' eventful trip to Texas: Danny Granger practiced.
"I feel good," Granger said following the Friday session, his first live participation in weeks. "I was running, sprinting, playing live for about an hour, so I felt really good."
Since Oct. 28, when the team announced that Granger would miss approximately three weeks with a strained left calf, the sight of the veteran forward had been limited to post-practice shooting drills and sideline cheering. The team's timeline has long since expired and Granger has missed all 19 games this season.
Though he practiced, Pacers head coach Frank Vogel announced that Granger would not play Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs. Also, Vogel said there is no new timeline for Granger's return to the lineup.
"It was his first action back," Vogel said, "he's a ways away though."
However, Granger offered a different view about a pending return.
"(The Pacers' trainers are) kind of holding me back and I think they know best. If it was up to me, I'd be playing but like I said, they know best," Granger said. "That's just me talking from my competitive side. I practiced today so obviously I'm not far away."
Granger, who has averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 38.4 percent from the 3-point line during his career, described feeling "anxious" to play again ever since missing all but five games last season with a knee injury.
This year, however, with the motivated Pacers poised to return to the Eastern Conference finals — and beyond — Granger intended to rejoin the lineup. Then, on Oct. 16, Granger strained his left calf during a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks. Granger aggravated the injury in the following game in Chicago and has been out ever since.
However, over the past week, Granger has picked up his activity with on-court jogging and "increased intensity shooting," which Vogel described as sprinting to spots on the floor then shooting.
"We were hoping that he'd be able to practice this week," Vogel said. "He's been picking up his individual work. He was going to try to get some work in on Thursday but obviously that didn't work out. So we were hoping he'd do some live stuff today."
On Wednesday night, the Pacers' flight from Salt Lake City to San Antonio was grounded in Houston and the team had to take a bus into the city. The Pacers did not arrive at their San Antonio hotel until Thursday morning, so the team took an unscheduled day off.
By Friday afternoon, the team traveled to the Antioch Community Sports Complex in San Antonio. Players returned to practice and Granger finally blended in.
Granger jumped into five-on-five action. During a transition play, he led a break and tossed an alley-oop to Ian Mahinmi. When the Pacers worked strictly in halfcourt offensive sets, players rotated in and out but for several instances, Granger chased around and defended Paul George. Another time, as Lance Stephenson delivered a pocket pass, Granger flashed across the paint for the ball but misjudged a floater that fell short of the rim.
After the practice, Granger said that he's pain-free but still must build up his game conditioning.
"More so just getting my wind up and my conditioning in my legs," Granger said. "I really wasn't too cautious of (the calf)."
Good to hear Danny is almost back, I love the idea of a Watson, Granger, Scola, Mahinmi bench
It's just so beautiful.
OJ and Solo, mad respect. The young guys have done a great job of trying to fill in behind Paulstar and Born Ready.
But the Captain is coming back. I can't wait.
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Did I tell y'all to expect an update by the end of the week or what?
HOWEVA, that said, I'm kinda drunk now and I'm really excited about seeing Danny play again, hopefully soon. I really think it's been an outta sign outta mind deal, people forget how damn good Danny Granger is. Even if he's nothing but a spot shooter that can defend his position honestly that's HUGE for the 2nd unit. If he can stay healthy, which has become a big if, he's an ungodly offensive 6th man, among the best in the league. I'm not comparing their games or anything like that, but remember how huge Harden was for OKC? How much Jamal Crawford helps the Clippers?
IF Danny can get back it's massive for our end of game situations. No more helping off Lance (he's cratered back to earth from 3), no more having to do side PnR's to West's side and cutting off half the floor, it opens everything up and we become pretty damn deadly in clutch situations. Hopefully.
I don't buy it.
I hope its true, I really do. I am tired of getting my hopes up though.
THE CAPTAIN! Give it another week and he'll be logging minutes! I doubt we see him for the Miami game, unless we blow them out.
You can't get champagne from a garden hose.
I predict Granger will miss the next 5-6 games and then he will be back!
IIRC, Danny went on insurance payments last year when he was shut down and will remain being paid from insurance until he appears in at least 5 regular season games. Is this in fact the case? If so, what happens if he comes back for the playoffs after the regular season is over? What I'm thinking is that the Pacers have a former All Star, team leader basically for free. A serious injury to one of the starters or even the top 8 would be a reason to activate him some where in the late season. Does this make any sense at all? We arguably have the best team(or at least top 3-4) in the league. We really don't need DG back at this point in the season???
DG hasn't played real NBA ball in a long time now. He's going to need reps in-game to give us the kind of spark we want come playoff time.
I think he has to get going soon after the all-start break at the latest to get where he needs to be in terms of conditioning and familiarity with the players he'll log the most time with.
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My guess is hes back for our game in Miami
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
----------------- Reggie Miller
Line up of:
Jeff Foster/Murphy/Dunleavy(Rush)/Granger/TJ Ford(jarret)vs. Manhimi/Scola/Granger/Stephenson/CJ Watson
Look at it that way, our starters from 2007 would lose to our bench in 2013.
I didn't get to see the game tonight until the beginning of the second half. Did they discuss Danny at all? Did he have pain this morning?
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he is ready to play.