Danny Granger made his return to the court last night, and while it wasn’t the greatest return, it was still nice to see Granger out on the court playing. From different accounts, he looked much better than the previous return of last season, which is a good thing. He didn’t look to be as tentative as last season, so hopefully that means the knees are ready to go. This was an important game for Granger to start that game day shape as I do believe he’ll be such an important piece for the Pacers this season. I still believe he’ll end up starting for the team as it just seems to make sense with sliding Paul George over to the shooting guard position, and Lance Stephenson slides to the bench probably in that first man off the bench role. But even if Granger ends up riding the bench for some time, I think he’ll be enough to help the team with scoring and even that bit of leadership role. He’s a guy that knows his place on this team, but just has to work into it.
What was the twitter world buzzing about concerning this return of Mr. Granger?
— Conrad Brunner (@1070Bruno) October 6, 2013
Vogel: "This might have more attention for a 1st preseason game than any game…with Danny Granger coming back & Derrick Rose’s return."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 5, 2013
— brooke olzendam (@brookeolzendam) October 5, 2013
Granger: "After I got the nerves out of me, shot some airballs and missed some layups… I felt a lot more confident in the second half."
— Çandace Būckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 6, 2013
It will probably take a bit longer for Granger to return to that ready to go state as he’s usually been a slow starter anyways. But I think he’ll get that confidence up during this preseason, so come regular season, he’s ready to go. This could be one of those times when the preseason means something for a player. I don’t put too much stock into last night’s loss, even though it might be concerning that the Pacers kept their starters in towards the end, while the Chicago Bulls ran with some bench guys, and picked up the win. But from all accounts, this was quite the competitive game, and it just makes me more excited to see when the teams step onto the floor come regular season as there’s little doubt, they’ll be vying for the Central Division title, and possibly that top spot in the Eastern Conference.