Apparently, Danny Granger would like a teammate or two to help with the heavy lifting when it's crunch time for the Indiana Pacers. That's all I can surmise from his comments today following another late game collapse when no one in blue and gold stepped up to stop the bleeding and find a way for the Pacers to win. According the Mike Wells, Granger had this to say after last night's loss.
"I just don’t think we have the experience, honestly," Pacers forward Danny Granger said. "Closing out games, it’s not something that just happens. You have to be in a lot of those situations and you have to learn how to do it."
There's no way Granger is talking about himself here. The guy has been in situations similar to last night far more times than I can count over the past three years. He's even come through on occasion to seal a victory.
Roy Hibbert's missed game-winner in Milwaukee earlier in the year definitely qualifies as a young guy needing to go through the experience to learn how to handle a big finish. But now Hibbert has bigger issues to tackle, like just being consistent from game-to-game.
Darren Collison is definitely learning on the fly right now as evidenced by his late-game miscues of late. He's also able to score and make plays in other ways. DC definitely needs more time in these situations.
Other than that, we're talking about players with more than enough experience playing down the stretch during the bulk of the Pacers' stench-filled, late-game losses. Jim O'Brien will have to take a flyer one of these days and give Tyler Hansbrough or Paul George a chance to get going when the going gets tough.
Granger could rise to the situation in these tight games and get it done himself.
Just a thought.