Just as Pacer fans were having lofty expectations for the team, there was the news of Danny Granger out indefinitely. There’s still been no word on how long he will be out. Obviously, the hope is a short amount of time. But this is an injury that has been bothering Granger since last season.
There’s also the talk of George Hill and his hip pointer. Last night showed that he’s not quick to the step as Kemba Walker torched him for 30 points. In Indiana, we are used to point guards getting the best of our point guards as they’re not that great defensively. George Hill is a better defender than most of the point guards that have rolled through Indiana, hence the concern over this.
Hill didn’t play most of the preseason, so he’s probably fighting through this and trying to adjust to a starting role for the Pacers. Who knows what this injury means in the long run, but it has to be tough out there playing with something wrong with your hips. That’s why it could be a concern.
The Pacers best advantage of last season was the health as there weren’t that many games missed by the major players. Hopefully that can continue this season as the Pacers fight with the high expectations of this season. Injuries will come and go with all teams, it’s how you play through that defines your team.
So far in Granger’s place, Gerald Green has been okay. He’s probably not a starting player on any team, so it’s got to be tough for him in this position. But then again, he’s probably the best option right now. Hopefully, he can adjust to his role tonight and through the next onslaught of games. The schedule is a bit favorable to the Pacers as they play the Kings tonight, the Wizards next week, another game with the Raptors in a week, and such. There will be a tough test come Monday night as the Spurs play host to the Pacers. That will be a game we will see what this injury to Granger means. Also, hard to imagine how Hill will handle Tony Parker. Hill might have to just play through this and show his toughness. This road to greatness won’t get any easier for the Pacers, time to start paving it.