Before Indiana Pacers Can Return to Playoffs, Questions Must Be Answered

September 13th, 2010 by Chad Smith Leave a reply »
Danny Granger got his gold medal in Istanbul, but did he also get the message?

The message that was sent to Granger from USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski was the same message that Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien has been trying to send to him for years. Danny, you need to improve your defense. Everyone knows of his capabilities on offense, but this is not football. Basketball players need to play defense too.

Granger didn’t get very much playing time this summer as part of Team USA’s undefeated squad in the FIBA 2010 World Championship. The minutes that he did get were basically garbage time, when the U.S. had a big lead. If Danny wants to make the playoffs, he will have to work on his defense and get his teammates to do the same. If he is the leader of this team, he needs to lead by example.

There are more concerns about this Pacers team before they can consider making a run at the playoffs. Obviously the PG, SF, and C positions are looking good with Darren Collison, Danny Granger, and Roy Hibbert. The real questions are at SG and PF. Let's analyze the situation at the SG spot first.

Brandon Rush has been at this position o ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NBA
Article written by


Comments are closed.