Rather than throwing their hobbled star into the mix, Indiana will now trot out a team who has shown good cohesiveness on both ends of the court throughout the year. Granger's scoring ability will surely be missed, but more importantly, the Pacers won't be rolling the dice on whether Granger would have been able to mesh well with this team.
The final weeks of the regular season are about gaining momentum headed into the playoffs. As we near this point in the season, rotations dwindle as the end of the bench shrinks. There are only 240 minutes to go around, and teams want the best players on the court during those precious seconds.
The rotation we will lay out today will be the optimal amount of minutes distributed to the players who figure to be part of Indiana's playoff rotation. The following minute "suggestions" are based on recent trends in players' minutes and their minutes in tightly played games. Left out are the players who figure to minimally contribute and those who will be playing in the garbage-time minutes that are rather hard to predict.
Here is the Pacer's "ideal" minute distribution for the final weeks of the regular season and beyond.