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Pacers can't count on Granger

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08:10 AM ET 03.25 | At 3-6 and without Danny Granger, a division title seemed far-fetched two weeks into Indiana's season -- until The Talk. David West, normally a man of few words, told them it was time to move on. Yes, they missed Granger, but they couldn't wait for him. "He said, 'We have to move on and be ready to win games without him,'" center Roy Hibbert said. "We haven't been waiting for him since then. We've been going about it like he wasn't playing at all this year. We want him healthy, of course, but I don't think we've looked back since." ... Granger returned to the practice court last week and the Pacers hope he'll be able play during the trip in what could be his final shot at contributing this season.

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March 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Granger for Eric Gordon...

March 25, 2013  09:47 AM ET

He rushed back simply because he felt left out. The Pacers were doing great earlier in the season, spanking Miami twice. Not to mention a new star (Paul George) was emerging in Indy. Granger basically said to himself, "This is my team and I can't play second fiddle".

March 25, 2013  09:51 AM ET

You're A 'Dead Man' Walking, Bro.

March 25, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Gotta respect him for at least trying to get back

*side eye to D. Rose*

March 25, 2013  10:56 AM ET

Stay on the bench young man, hasnt he read the book of Bynum?

March 25, 2013  11:09 AM ET

Boring!

March 25, 2013  12:07 PM ET

It's only a matter of time until Granger is shipped out of Indianapolis. The writing is already on the wall with Paul George emerging as the team's key player. Granger was not even that efficient a player when he DID play. He took too many shot to get the points he averaged and had a very unimpressive shooting percentage the last few seasons.

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March 25, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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He rushed back simply because he felt left out. The Pacers were doing great earlier in the season, spanking Miami twice. Not to mention a new star (Paul George) was emerging in Indy. Granger basically said to himself, "This is my team and I can't play second fiddle".

I don't agree with that. He wants to play because he likes to play and probably misses playing. No one wants to sit at home on a bum knee while their team is doing good. His doctor's cleared him to play he played had a setback now will try one more time before I think Indy shuts him down

March 25, 2013  12:20 PM ET
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It's only a matter of time until Granger is shipped out of Indianapolis. The writing is already on the wall with Paul George emerging as the team's key player. Granger was not even that efficient a player when he DID play. He took too many shot to get the points he averaged and had a very unimpressive shooting percentage the last few seasons.

I doubt he is shipped, but who would take on non-allstar SF set to make 14Mil with questions about his knee? Granger only has one year left on his deal. Indy is good enough defensively to make the playoffs without Granger so it could get interesting if a team is desperate enough for Granger.

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March 25, 2013  10:06 PM ET

This title is misleading. The article states that the Pacers decided they had no choice but to play without Granger while he was hurt (duh!) but the headline implies Granger is waffling on when to return, or in some other way he's deciding not to help the Pacers.

March 25, 2013  10:08 PM ET
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You're A 'Dead Man' Walking, Bro.

Hell no.

Granger has far too much to offer the Pacers to be a "dead man walking". It's not like Indy is gonna ditch him or something. They're just waiting for him to be fully healthy again.

People tend to forget what happened yesterday about a half second after it happens, but Granger is actually a really productive player with a very versatile skill set. He can handle the ball, play the post, shoot from deep, and he can guard most positions on the court.

Useful player to say the least.

March 25, 2013  10:09 PM ET
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Dang, the picture is super old. Peja retired 2 years ago...

Haha no doubt.

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March 27, 2013  10:29 PM ET

Granger is a huge piece in dealing with the Heat but rushing him back will doom the team and him. If he is not at 100% he will not be able to do what the teams needs to get over the hump.

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