Nov 5, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) looks on before the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Dare I Say, Granger to Return

I’m not sure if I even want to comment on the subject any longer.

Feb 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) shoots over Detroit Pistons small forward Khris Middleton (32) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Pacers win 90-72. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) shoots over Detroit Pistons small forward Khris Middleton (32) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Pacers win 90-72. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Let Danny Granger return to form when he returns to form, for the love of it. The Indiana Pacers are a title contender without him, and they are a title contender with him. Get the man fully healthy and at full strength. Take your time, Danny.

Last week, rumors swirled that Granger was set to play against the Charlotte Bobcats. Granger rescinded that statement, noting his timing and rhythm were off, as well as his conditioning. The conditioning has a ways to go, mind you. Head coach Frank Vogel mentioned that he was “surprised” Granger spoke to the media of a return for the Bobcats game.

Surprised didn’t seem like such a far-fetched word for this one. Probably because Granger didn’t put on his uniform.

Following successive wins versus the Miami Heat and Charlotte, as well as the latest defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, Granger clearly foresees a return in the very near future. This time, his coach is on his side.

On Monday, Granger spoke to the media, yet again, about when he may come off the bench for his first minutes of the 2013-14 regular season.

Granger said Friday night is a good possibility, when the Pacers meet the Houston Rockets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Until then, his teammates have a taller task to focus on: the Miami Heat.

Indiana will face Miami for the second time in eight days. Albeit this time the two teams meet at American Airlines Arena in South Beach. The game is set to air on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. as part of an NBA Wednesday double-header.

After the game, the Pacers can – hopefully – look forward to welcoming back their NBA veteran of eight years in Granger.

Vogel stated that Granger will get the bulk of the reserve minutes at the wing spot. That leaves little to no minutes for Rasual Butler, Orlando Johnson and Solomon Hill. Granger should also provide more rest for starters Paul George and Lance Stephenson, according to Vogel. Not to be forgotten are the odds of Granger actually running the floor competitively Friday night.

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