Prior to playing Miami on Tuesday, Granger indicated he was ready to go and was targeting Friday for his return. Frank Vogel didn't exactly share the same enthusiasm for Granger's proclamation, essentially saying his comments surprised him and that we'll see him when we see him.
Now that it is Friday, Granger is holding off his return. He continued working out this week and was a full participant in practice on Thursday which revealed more rust than he'd like for his game to go live, as Curt Cavin reported.
"I don't like where I'm at with my timing and my rhythm and obviously my conditioning," he said. "I don't think I will (play) Friday.
"I practiced today, a full-on practice, but I don't feel like I'm ready yet. I dribbled the ball off my foot a couple of times, just things you do when you haven't played. (I) lost the ball in transition on a pass. My rhythm isn't there yet."
There is no concern about a physical setback for Granger so it seems like if the concern is just timing, rhythm and conditioning that the team should make Granger active for the game tonight and if the opportunity presents itself, give him some run.
The Bobcats have been stout defensively, but if the Pacers put a patented third quarter run on them and create a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, giving Granger five-to-seven minutes would certainly be a great way to knock more of the rust off. The easiest way to gain back that game timing and rhythm is in an actual game.
Of course, if the game is tight throughout Granger doesn't have to play, but by being active at least they have the option.
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