Pacers' Danny Granger to undergo knee surgery, miss rest of season

Danny Granger was supposed to come back this week.  What happened to that?  Well, as it turns out, the Indiana Pacers' forward could not shake the soreness in his knee like the team thought he would.  Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.

According to the Pacers' press release, all conservative treatment options have failed, so the Pacers and Granger have decided on surgery.  Granger also underwent a procedure last fall to help deal with the patellar tendinitis he's been suffering.  So far, nothing has worked.  Granger is expected to be ready for training camp.

The fact that Granger has not played much this season and yet the Pacers are still winning is good.  However, had the team been able to ad a scoring threat like Granger, they may have had a real shot at the Finals.  Sure, they could still get there.  It will just be much more difficult now.

Granger is a seven-year NBA veteran.  He did not get much playing time this season, but in his career Granger has averaged 18.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.  The Pacers have already spent most the seasons without him, so they will not need to make any immediate adjustments.  They will simply have to wrap their minds around the fact that they won't be getting him back to help lift them down the stretch.

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