So the word is officially in on Danny Granger and his injury. The former All-Star forward underwent a procedure on his left knee Tuesday, November 6 and is now expected to miss three months of play. Those three months will be spent recovering from the treatment which involved blood injections in his ailing joint. Granger took to the court in a few preseason games but has not participated in regular season play because of the patellar tendinosis. Before the treatment the status on Granger’s return was indefinite.
This is certainly a big blow to the Pacers. Granger is the longest standing player on the roster with 7 years under his belt and led the team in points and minutes per game last season. Indiana is 2-2 through 4 games this season and currently has the league’s 25th ranked offense without their leading scorer. They will certainly look to find a way to get more scoring out of the other small forwards. Newcomers Gerald Green and Sam Young have filled in that starting spot, but neither of them has ever been regarded as a prime scoring threat in the NBA or even as legitimate starters. They are averaging a combined 12.3 points per contest, whereas Granger was putting up over 18.
If the offense stays sluggish we can expect to see some adjustments in the positions. The Georges (Paul George and George Hill) are versatile enough to move up one position, allowing D.J. Augustin to start at the point. He has always been good at getting his teammates the ball in good scoring position. This could generate more offense for the team. Now is the time when Coach Vogel needs to show us what makes him a leader by coming up with ways to keep the team in contention while we all await Granger’s return in 2013.