Danny Granger will be out for at least 3 months with a knee injury.
Granger was sidelined before the Indiana Pacers’ season opener with a sore left knee. At the time, coach Frank Vogel said:
“We still have a heck of a team … We’ve still got a great deal of talent, a great deal of depth. So my hopes are very high that we’ll excel without Danny.”
The team got additional bad news on Wednesday morning when it was announced that their leading scorer would be out for at least three months.
The Pacers released a press release saying that Granger had received an injection to treat patella tendinosis in his left knee.
The team said:
“Danny Granger received an injection Tuesday to treat left patellar tendinosis. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Team medical personnel are looking at a recovery time of approximately three months.”
Yahoo Sports notes that patellar tendinosis is also known as “jumper’s knee.” It is the same problem that put Vince Carter on the sidelines during the 2000-01 season.
If Granger’s injury timeline is accurate, the Pacers’ star will miss about 45 games. He’s scheduled to return in early February.
The Pacers’ are still figuring out how to fill Granger’s void. According to ESPN, Gerald Green started the first three games of the season and averaged 9.8 points. On Monday night, Sam Young moved into the starting lineup but only scored three points in addition to his three rebounds.
Do you think the Pacers will be able to survive without Danny Granger?