Danny Granger To Make Season Debut For Indiana Pacers Tonight

By Jay Neal
Danny Granger
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The Indiana Pacers have won their last three games by an average of 30 points, and averaged 103.5 points in their last ten games.

Why not add a career 18-point scorer to the mix?

Danny Granger is expected to make his season debut tonight against Detroit, according to Indianapolis Star Pacers beat writer Mike Wells.

The Pacers have been streaking in recent weeks, and are coming off back to back beatdowns of New York and Detroit this week. Granger’s addition to the line-up adds more firepower to a team that’s been hitting on all cylinders offensively the last three weeks.

It was reported earlier Granger would be brought off the bench upon his return to slowly get him acclimated with game speed. This would keep Lance Stephenson in the starting lineup, where he has been flourishing. Eventually, Granger should assume his customary starting spot, sending Stephenson to the bench as the team’s sixth man.

Granger has been listed as day-to-day for the last two weeks. Rumors of his return have been rampant since he was cleared for full contact practice. There were also rumors he could be traded before the trading deadline, but that was shot down by Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard.

Granger’s ability to shoot from the perimeter should help a team that has been near the bottom of the league in offense all season. Indiana is 28th in points per game and 27th in field goal percentage. Granger spaces the floor and creates more opportunities for David West and Roy Hibbert to work in the post with single coverage. It also opens the floor for Stephenson,  Paul George and George Hill in dribble penetration.

Granger’s return could affect team chemistry for a little while, but it can’t argued that adding him makes Indiana’s attack even more dynamic. The sooner Granger is comfortable and in his groove, the better this Pacers team will be.

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