On Tuesday, during practic for the Indiana Pacers, head coach Frank Vogel announced to the media that team captain Danny Granger would remain on the bench with his nagging knee injury. Granger is expected to miss at least the next three games for the Pacers, and it would not be a shock to see the former starting small forward missing even more time than that. The question for Vogel and the Pacers now seems to be whether or not to just simply put Granger on the scrap heap for at least the rest of the regular season, if not longer.
Expectations began to rise when Granger made his return to the court last month. Even when playing in limited minutes, there were small flashes of the former All-Star and comeback player of the year. Those expectations from both the media and fans in Indiana have now been tempered, if not totally extinguished. It doesn’t seem that Granger will return to form at any time during this season. The whispers are beginning to get louder, with many people wondering if Granger may ever return to form at all.
Indiana definitely needs their leader back as soon as possible. The Pacers have stumbled a few times in recent games, and more often than not, their bench has been looking sloppy and stale. Any scoring from a player with granger’s talents would be beneficial, but it’s starting to look more and more like that’s not going to happen.