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Granger: 'We really are title contenders'

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07:11 AM ET 09.20 | Ever since the 2012 playoffs when he first injured his left knee, Danny Granger has been doing everything he can to get back to a place where the knee no longer keeps him on the sidelines. How he's doing? Well, he wouldn't speak to his mending left knee or his rehab during a sit-down interview on Wednesday. However, ask about the offseason moves made by Pacers officials -- signing C.J. Watson, Chris Copeland and trading for Luis Scola -- and Granger lights up in excitement. "It's really encouraging," he said. "They kinda see the potential that this group has and I think we're really going for it. We really are title contenders now and we have to show it." ... [Everyone wants] to know is how he's feeling and what he'll be able to contribute. All he offered up: "I'm good. I'm doing good. I'm doing great."

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September 20, 2013  07:59 AM ET

Just get healthy, kid. Your teammates need you.

September 20, 2013  08:24 AM ET

No they're not. Indy will regress this season. Bank on it.

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September 20, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Granger: 'We really are title contenders'...

Many are. But until you hoist the Larry O'Brien, that's all you ever will be

September 20, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Win It Or Shut It, Bro.

September 20, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Indy is a legitimate contender for the title. With D Wades continued decline, I can see the young and hungry Pacers actually beating the Heat. This is for sure, the Knicks will regress.

The inner troll just can't resist a snipe at the Knicks, can it?

September 20, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Is Indy a title contender?
Absolutely.
However they have been relatively better without you Granger.
After all PG24 Paul George has a bigger upside, he is younger, an all around player and a coming into his own star.
You on the other hand should have been traded for Eric Gordon, especially since the Pelicans traded for Tyreke Evans.
But clearly like the bulls with Boozer, your team has a man crush on you.
Difference is you could be more effective than Boozer but still Gordon is younger, is from Indy and would have loved to play for the pacers, while you should be on the pelicans.
All in all with the growth of PG24 as a superstar on the rise, with the improvement manning up of Hibbert, resigning of West, trading skittles and gummy bears for Scola & signing Copeland and Watson the pacers were already better.

September 20, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Indy is a legitimate contender for the title. With D Wades continued decline, I can see the young and hungry Pacers actually beating the Heat. This is for sure, the Knicks will regress.

Clearly you don't know ball if you think D Wade has never had a bounce back season.
Does the fall down 7 get up 8 quote mean anything to you?
You probably wouldn't know, so let me educate you kid...
Wade gets hurt in the 05 ECF, the next season comes back and owns Dallas in the 06 finals.
People can say refs this and too many ft's that but he made the freethrows?
Yes.
Did he get to the rim?
Yes.
He outrebounded Dirk every single game, played an all around superstar performance.
It was so Jordan like fans had signs with Wade's face that read "Michael who"?
Then he gets hurt in 07, comes back the next year leads Team USA in scoring (and off the bench I might add), even though they gave MVP to Kobe...
The next season wins scoring title, the next year wins all star MVP, had a bad game 2 vs Indy in the playoffs 2012 then goes off for 30 & 40 points respectively.
This past finals Wade had but 1 bad game.
Was leading scorer up until game 3, game 4 he goes crazy, another game he was 32...
So sure doubt as you may.

September 20, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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No they're not. Indy will regress this season. Bank on it.

There is that possibility, simply because CHI might be better, and the Nets as well.

I think INDY did a HUGE mistake by not getting a legit PG this summer. I simply don't get it.

September 20, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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There is that possibility, simply because CHI might be better, and the Nets as well.I think INDY did a HUGE mistake by not getting a legit PG this summer. I simply don't get it.

yea that too.
Had they got a guy like Vasquez and flipped George Hill, but they failed too.
I don't know why they have this Hill guy who is no better than Felton.

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September 20, 2013  10:30 AM ET

Pacers will be a lot better w/ Granger back fully healthy. George is already getting better and having Granger by his side just makes both players a lot more scarier. It's harder to defend a team w/ so many weapons on the court. It's like saying the Heatles will be better w/out 1 of their big 3.

September 20, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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hill is a pretty good shooterand that is a big flaw they have- they are limited around the perimeter in legit- knock down shooting.no one they've acquired helps that

Their flaws were two things:
Handling the ball effectively.
I think they ranked 25 in effective ball handling. Which is why they need a legit point guard!
They are not the heat where Bron & Wade handle the rock so Chalmers and Cole can knock down shots. The pacers have no real ball handler, Watson will somewhat provide that, but he is no starting point guard.
If they had acquired Vasquez believe me they improve ball handling rankings, the turnovers drop and they are that much more effective. Vasquez too is a knock down shooter but he is a poor man's Nash he doesn't turn the ball over at a high rate, he gets teammates involved and can shoot from anywhere.
And not to mention they had a garbage bench.
The bench has definitely improved, adding Watson,Scola,Copeland adds scorers and two more 3 point shooters.

September 20, 2013  11:12 AM ET

The Pacers defense, like Chicago, is so good that it will make up for some of the offensive short-comings that they have. Not having a good knock-down spot up shooter is a minus, but with the emergence of Hibbert as a viable inside threat and West's steady production, they are legitimate title contenders. Can they beat the Heat? Yes. Will they beat the Heat? I don't think so; not in a seven-game series. They'll make it close, but they won't. And, for the record, they ARE the second best team in the East, Derrick Rose-led Bulls notwithstanding.

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September 22, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Have to agree with Danny for stating the obvious. YES the PACERS are contenders, but not for the NBA Championship. They have gotten better, but so has everyone else that matters. It will not be as easy as he thinks, especially when people see you coming. You let Psycho T walk away which is one of those things that you can't replace with Scola. Time will tell this story.

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