We have been listening to this for more than a year. Danny Granger was never supposed to miss all but five games a season ago.
Then he did.
Granger was expected to play this season without any setbacks from his knee injury.
But setbacks there were.
He was going to miss the first 2-3 weeks of the 2013-14 season and return fully healthy and ready to go.
That hasn’t happened.
Twenty-two games in, Granger can finally taste a comeback. The Pacers’ 6-9 swingman stated on Monday that he’s ready to get back into the action, probably by Friday, when the Indiana Pacers host the Charlotte Bobcats.
This came as news to head coach Frank Vogel, however. Vogel knew all along Danny wanted to play, but his health was preventing that from happening. Vogel said it was a surprise to hear that Granger told media members he would return this week.
His teammates played on last year, making a run all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana played poorly in the preseason with Granger back. A calf strain would sideline him yet again, and the Pacers bursted out of the gates en route to the best record in the NBA at 19-3. Indiana is coming off recent impressive victories over the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
Friday’s matchup is a great time for Granger to see some minutes, as the Bobcats don’t pose an immediate threat. The Pacers trounced Charlotte, 99-74, in their first meeting a couple weeks ago.
By the time Friday rolls around, it will have been nearly 7 weeks that Danny Granger has been in street clothes. His teammates have said he looks good in practice and from what they’ve seen, he’ll be fine in the games.
Indiana could use a nice boost off the bench from the veteran forward. Vogel will likely use Granger as a spot-up shooter on the wing until he feels more comfortable cutting and slashing toward the rim.
It remains to be seen whether Granger actually plays on Friday.