The Pacers could not have asked for a better start to the 2013-2014 regular season. They currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. They are 3-0 in the Central Division. They lead the league in seemingly every measurable defensive category. Watson and Scola are clear upgrades over last year’s bench. Paul George’s name is being tossed around as a possible MVP candidate. Roy Hibbert is starting to get national attention for his elite level defense.
What is not to like?
But all is not perfect in America’s heartland. According to a source, Danny Granger is experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired left knee after missing most of last season. The veteran forward is currently sidelined with a left calf injury that could keep him out another two weeks. The greater concern is his long-term health of his knee and whether Granger will regain his form.
This news comes off an earlier report that Danny Granger would be able to return to practice sometime next week. Prior to the Pacers’ game against the Raptors on Friday, Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan Indianapolis, relayed the following Granger injury update provided by Frank Vogel:
Danny Granger, out since Oct. 19 with a strained left calf, may return to practice next week, though Vogel said there is no expectation, or timeline, beyond that. Granger is trying to return after missing all but five games last season with a knee condition that required major surgery last April.
What is Danny’s real health status? How reliable is this unnamed source? That is all yet to be determined. Currently, the Pacers are well on their way to reaching Lance Stephenson’s goal of going 10-0. Even so, surely it would be the team’s preference to return Granger, a former All-Star, to the rotation sooner rather than later.