Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Indiana Pacers swingman Danny Granger will be sidelined for three months to rehab his injured left knee, the team announced Wednesday.
The resurging Pacers suffered a big blow after losing their premier scorer due to left patellar tendinosis, a condition caused by an accumulation of injuries that don’t heal properly.
Granger received the diagnosis from renowned sports medicine expert Dr. James Andrews and has already taken an injection to address the swelling. Granger’s injury could be a potentially long term problem, which requires him to undergo rigid rehabilitation drills.
The Pacers swingman sustained the injury during their Eastern Conference semis showdown with the Miami Heat last playoffs. Granger recovered well from the injury but he hurt it again in the summer.
Granger has been the leading scorer for the Pacers the last six seasons and his absence means other players must step up to fill the void.
“You can’t really replace Danny,” Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard told IndyStar.com. “You’re talking about a guy who has led us in scoring a number of years. That scoring is invaluable. I really don’t think we appreciate how hard it is to carry a load offensively.”
The Pacers are also considering available free-agent small forwards such as Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus and Quentin Richardson.