Danny's shooting % doesn't look great, but he did play well tonight with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and only 1 turnover and somehow managed a +21.
I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.
This was a great game. The hustle plays and extra effort won it for the Pacers though.
Were it not for Hill, Danny's lack of offense may have been the goat of the night. He stepped out of bounds in the corner on one late 4th qtr possession, and air balled a 3 from the other corner that Hill luckily grabbed and scored. He was definitely outplayed OFFENSIVELY by Butler. Luckily for Danny, and the team, he's playing the "glue guy" role well. He had 6 Rebs, 2 blks, 3 asst, and kept several loose balls alive. I just wish he would shoot/score more effectively, but at this point it's an on again, off again situation for him. As a huge Granger fan, it's a bit disappointing at times
Last edited by Ace E.Anderson; 02-08-2014 at 10:12 AM.
He had no lift. That's what caused the airball and missed shot near the rim towards the end of the game. I don't know why we were just parking him at the same spot on the three point line when he is shooting so poorly from three this season. Need to do a better job of getting him involved closer to the basket so that he can at least draw fouls.
Last night was a good opportunity for him to show what he could do in the starting unit with big minutes. He did some good intangible things such as rebound and keep loose balls alive, as you mention, but the offense was pretty ugly. He's just not an efficient scorer anymore.
I appreciate how he has focused on doing the little things. Last night he rebounded well and he's shown a willingness to pass all season, plus he has given good effort on D. Went after loose balls too. He wants to just help the team win. But as far as his offense is concerned, he's just not that much of a threat anymore. His best asset at this point is drawing fouls. He must have shot a billion free throws when hurt because he is automatic at the line.
I actually think Danny looks the same physically. Any Granger fan knows he's ALWAYS played this way. The only difference between him now and Granger then is the fact that he can't shoot anymore. He gets good looks, and in spite of being "slow", he gets to the rim pretty effectively, and is starting to draw fouls because of it (though not last night)
Honestly, he needs to NOT be utilized as a floor spacer and should be used more in the post, and closer to the basket. Since he can't shoot right now, get him closer to the rim.
But Idk about him being "50%" of what he used to be. The ONLY difference in his game right now is his inability to consistently knock down jump shots. Obviously that was a huge part of his game, but everything else is there..especially physically.
He physically looks the same but he's not there yet. Keep in mind he was out or nearly 1 1/2 years. He's playing stiff, may not fully trust his knees and his quickness, while not great before, is not there yet.
Also, Granger had a pretty effective, albeit mechanical, drive to the bucket. We have not seen that succeed this year now, have we? The reason it's not there is that he's not moving well enough to pull it off. His jump shot is off because he still doesn't have his legs. These things and mental roadblocks are his issues.
This space for rent.
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Edit: I think the obvious is masking things not quite as obvious. Clearly his shooting is off. But that's simply not the only issue at the moment.
This space for rent.
Granger has looked ok to me until it takes time to actually take the shot. The problem has been that's from any distance. From the SportVU data:
On drives to the basket: Granger is 361st out of 502 players with a 29.2% FG percentage
On close shots (any shot other than drives that starts with a touch 12 feet or in): Granger is 275th out of 502 players with a FG% of 50.0%
On catch and shoot: Granger is 274th out of 502 players with a 36.0% FG percentage.
On pull up shots: Granger is 330th out of 502 players with a 28.1% FG percentage
Overall EFG%: Granger is 395th out of 502 players with a .423 EFG%
Right now I think the Pacers are fine because Danny is doing the little things. He's been a willing passer, a solid rebounder, a capable defender. He has accepted his role and isn't trying to shoot his way out of it, and so far teams have respected his potential ability which has opened up the floor a little bit. He is really struggling shooting in every single area of the floor though.
Pritchard did say on Jason Whitlock's podcast a couple of weeks back though that they thought he was 85% now and would be 100% by the end of the season, and we do know that Granger's shot has taken a while to warm up in the past. Hopefully that happens because he's a liability if he's still shooting like this in April. Teams will really just back off of him.