Since his much anticipated return from his knee injury, Danny Granger has struggled immensely to find his groove. Obviously, that’s been a bit of a disappointment for the Indiana Pacers who had been without Granger, their star, for the entire season.
Disappointing actually seems like a respectful way to describe how Granger has played in his first two games back against the Detroit Pistons and the Golden State Warriors. Combined, Granger has scored just seven points on 2-17 shooting, including going 0-5 from three-point range, and has added just two assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal. That’s not exactly ideal.
Granger hasn’t played basketball at a professional level in a little over four months, so it figures that there is a good deal of rust that he needs to shake off. Still coming off the bench on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, it appears like Granger lost a little bit of that rust.
Against L.A., Granger was able to put up 12 points on 5-10 shooting from the field and 1-2 from beyond-the-arc. His additional stats weren’t fantastic, adding just two boards and one assist, but those will come with time. This was only his third game back. The Pacers also lost the contest, 99-91, but that also is a minor thing in the grand-scheme of things.
The important part of Granger’s performance against the Clippers is the improvement that he’s showing. As long he continues to get better on a game-by-game basis, Indiana has to be happy. They’ve all but locked up a playoff seed, now they need to get their star healthy for what they hope is going to be a deep run into the post-season.