(photo via @MikeWellsNBA)
The Pacers didn’t score a single point in the final 4:05 of their game one loss to the Magic last night in Indianapolis. There were likely dozens of reasons that the offense sputtered, and it was less about process than it was the team’s inability to make shots. For instance, Paul George missed two good looks from three-point land and Darren Collison bricked a makable baseline jumper that was set up nicely by Danny Granger.
But there is no question that it was Granger’s inability to do anything productive that was the most glaring reason for the defeat. He missed two borderline-layups from inside 4 feet and also turned the ball over twice in embarrassing fashion (with a back-court violation and, with under 10 seconds left and his team down 3, a travel). The least forgivable blunder of all, however, was Granger missing two free throws with just over a minute left. This wasn’t Shaquille O’Neal or Dwight Howard coming up empty in a trip to the line; Indiana’s captain is a career 84.8% free-throw shooter and has been even better this season, knocking down 87.3% (254-for-291) of his attempts from the line.
Granger, who considers himself among the best shooters in the league, was likely more upset by his misses than even the most diehard of Pacers fans. So today, nearly an hour after practice, it was no shock to see Larry Hawley of Fox 59 and Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star report that Granger was the last one still out on the court. Practicing his free throws.
UPDATE: Wells just tweeted the following at 3:35 pm.
Granger said he took about 800-900 jump shots and free throws today
That’s more than usual, added Granger.