Danny Granger will miss up to three months of action due to patellar tendinosis. The condition — more commonly known as “jumper’s knee” — was treated with injection by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
How much impact this will ultimately have on the Pacers is yet to be seen, and our own Jeremy Comstock felt that it was a survivable loss. However, the blue and gold sure have looked like they’ve missed their leading scorer over the first four games. At this point, the Pacers are in the bottom five in both offensive efficiency and offensive eFG%. Most glaringly, they are the second worst team in the league at taking care of the ball, turning it over on roughly one out of every five possessions.
Danny Granger’s presence would not magically cure those ills. However, having a credible scorer and three-point threat on the floor couldn’t help but improve the poor spacing that has contributed to so much of the offensive failings. Besides, the sheer talent downgrade from Granger to the minutes now being taken by either Lance Stephenson or Sam Young is sizable.
For now, it looks like the Pacers will no longer be trying to figure out how to win the Central Division and secure the second seed. Their task now becomes trying to figure out how to become at least marginally effective offensively. If they don’t do it sooner, rather than later, then they will have to worry about securing a playoff spot.
We’ll have more as we analyze the situation further.