UPDATE: Thursday, March 28, at 5:15 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
The news has gone from bad to worst-case scenario for Granger's knee. According to the Pacers' official Twitter feed, the star forward will miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his ailing left knee:
BREAKING NEWS - on.nba.com/10hIggE - Danny Granger will miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his left knee.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 28, 2013
The team's official website detailed how the decision process went:
The decision was made after all conservative treatment options could not alleviate the soreness Granger encountered. After consultation between Granger, the Pacers' medical staff and Dr. James Andrews, surgery became the preferred option.
Granger will finish the 2012-13 season having played in only five games, where he averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes a night.
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UPDATE: Monday, Mar. 18, at 12:41 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Encouraging news for Pacers fans as Danny Granger (knee) is making progress, according to Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells.
Danny Granger (knee) has been cleared to resume activities. He won't play this in the 4 games this week, but will practice this week.— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) March 18, 2013
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According to Gary Washburn of the The Boston Globe (via Twitter), Granger will be sidelined for the next week as he copes with soreness in his left knee:
Pacers coach Frank Vogel noted (per Washburn) that his star player is suffering from “above-average soreness,” but that it’s not the result of a new injury or even damage to the existing injury:
#pacers coach Frank Vogel referred to Granger's issue as "above-average soreness in his knee, so no new injury, no new damage."— gary washburn (@GwashNBAGlobe) March 6, 2013
The swingman missed 55 games prior to his return on Feb. 23 against the Detroit Pistons.
In his season debut, the 29-year-old scored just two points, recorded two rebounds and dished out one assist while hitting on just one of his 10 attempts from the field (0-of-4 from three-point range).
His numbers weren't much better over the five contests for which he was active, averaging just 5.4 points on 28.6 percent shooting, all while coming off the bench. He also grabbed just 1.8 rebounds every 15 minutes of play.
Granger came out after just eight minutes of play in a matchup with the Chicago Bulls on March 3, with Mike Wells of the The Indianapolis Star noting the soreness that will now keep Granger inactive for at least another week.
The Pacers are set to play the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 8, and the Miami Heat in a nationally televised showdown on Sunday, March 11. But it seems possible that we won’t see Granger back in action until the Minnesota Timberwolves come to Indiana on March 15.
This organization has largely persevered without the eight-year veteran—going 38-22 on the season thus far—but will likely need him in the lineup soon if they are to find playoff success.
Here’s hoping Granger can shake off the soreness sooner rather than later and return to the court by next week.