Grading Danny Granger’s Return for the Indiana Pacers

February 23rd, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
Danny Granger suited up for the Indiana Pacers for the first time this season on Saturday night. He looked very much like a player who hadn't stepped on the NBA hardwood for action in 10 months.

Fortunately, the stakes were low and, in spite of Granger's poor showing, Indiana dismantled the Detroit Pistons for the second night in a row, holding them to 34-percent shooting in a 90-72 win.

It's unfair to evaluate a player after a single game under these circumstances, but due to Granger's potential importance to the Pacers down the stretch, it's worth chronicling where he is right now.

If there's any doubt about the hype surrounding his return, check the tape.

Eat your heart out, Derrick Rose.



Because Granger has the impressive distinction of being the Pacers' leading scorer in each of the last five seasons, it's only fair to start with this bright spot, one of the strengths of his game.

With 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, Granger hit a 15-foot jumper from the left baseline, a bucket that gave Indiana a 20-point lead.

That lone highlight concludes the l ...

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