Danny Granger made his season debut last night in Detroit against the Pistons. The Pacers won by 18 points so nobody’s individual statistics were particularly meaningful. But Granger was having a rough go at it. He missed his first eight shots and each errant attempt seemed to add weight to what was increasingly becoming a bad game for a player this team needs to reintegrate into the lineup — and quickly, considering the playoffs are just two months away.
Then, early in the fourth quarter, Paul George grabbed a rebound and saw Danny leaking down the court. He fired a pass over the defenders racing back. Granger caught the ball and did his favorite thing: shoot. This one, his ninth attempt of the night, was all net.
There was a stop in the action, and the Indiana players on the bench rushed over to their captain like he had just hit a walk-off home run. The Pistons broadcaster captured the moment perfectly. “Look at his teammates. LOOK at his teammates. Did he just hit the game winner?”