Updates from Saturday, April 19
Madelyn Burke of LACtv reports the latest on Granger:
Updates from Thursday, April 17
Orange County Register reporter Dan Woike has an update on Granger's status:
Danny Granger said he'll return to practice and will be ready for playoffs. Granger has been running at 100% & said he could've played Wed.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) April 17, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 3
Doc Rivers isn't optimistic about Danny Granger returning anytime soon according to Madelyn Burke of LACtv:
Doc Rivers: Jamal Crawford & Danny Granger "out for a while," adds "I'd be surprised if we saw either of them before the playoffs" #Clippers— Madelyn Burke (@MadelynBurke) April 4, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 29
The Clippers official Twitter feed has the latest on Granger:
Doc says Danny Granger (left hamstring strain) was sent back to LA for treatment. He will not play for remainder of road trip.— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) March 29, 2014
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register has more:
Clippers sent Danny Granger home with left hamstring injury - out for at least next 3 games— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 29, 2014
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger suffered a strained hamstring in the team's 109-103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and is currently being listed as day-to-day.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported the team will re-evaluate Granger's status on Friday after he undergoes further testing:
Danny Granger strained left hamstring. Will be reevaluated Friday. Listed as day to day— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 28, 2014
Granger suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter, feeling a tweak while guarding Vince Carter. Matt Barnes entered the game at the 10:44 mark, and though he was initially listed as questionable to return, Granger sat the rest of the contest.
Granger finished with two points on 1-of-3 shooting. After a promising run of games, he's now scored just 11 points over his last three contests while struggling with his outside shot. Picked up last month after being bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, Granger is averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds on 42.9 percent shooting in 12 games with the Clippers.
He's largely taken the minutes that used to go Jared Dudley's way, a trade-off that's been neutral at best thus far. Dudley, who was traded from Phoenix as part of the Eric Bledsoe deal, has been a major disappointment on both ends of the floor. He's shooting just 35.7 percent from three, his lowest rate since his rookie season, and has struggled to pick up Doc Rivers' defensive system.
Nonetheless, it's difficult to see Los Angeles missing Granger much if the minutes go back Dudley's way. The two play largely the same function within the team's ecosystem, and the Clippers have been markedly worse with Granger on the floor this season, per NBA.com. While there is some noise in the numbers, the Clippers are 27.6 points per 100 possessions better with Granger on the bench.
"The biggest adjustment has just been trying to pick up everything as far as their philosophies, offensively, defensively," Granger told Mike Jaglin of Clippers Nation. "It is literally completely different from what I was used to in Indiana."
There have been some intermittent flashes of his former All-Star self, but he's had an understandably difficult time integrating himself fully. Rivers has consistently shown patience with Granger, though, chalking most of his struggles up to consistent injury issues.
The severity of this latest setback might tell the tale of how Granger's days with the Clippers will be remembered. Thursday's win over Dallas put Rivers and Co. two games in the win column ahead of the Houston Rockets for third place in the Western Conference. The Clippers travel to Houston for their next game, continuing a road trip that will see them hit Minnesota and Phoenix.
If Granger needs to miss those games and the rotation gets into a rhythm, Rivers might push him down in the wing rotation. The Clippers have more than enough wing depth to withstand an absence. It remains to be seen whether Granger can, though.
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