Pacers expect Granger to practice this week

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm •  Published: November 11, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Unbeaten Indiana could soon be getting a boost from Danny Granger.

The injured 6-foot-9 swingman is expected to work out Tuesday and could return to practice as early as Wednesday, coach Frank Vogel said before Monday night's game against Memphis.

Granger, a former All-Star, has yet to play in a game this season because of a strained left calf, and Vogel was cautious about establishing a timetable for Granger's return to game action. Clearly, they haven't missed him much.

The NBA's last unbeaten team is off to the best start in franchise history (7-0) and four games in five days last week — something Vogel said he had never before been part of.

"I think it's really a new beginning to the process of getting him game minutes and his game-timing back in his legs," Vogel said when asked to update Granger's status. "I'm not sure when his return date will be."

The fact that Granger is about to start practicing, though, is an encouraging sign. He missed all but five games last season because of a tendon injury in his left knee, and hasn't played in nearly a month after injuring his left calf. The day before the season opener, Indiana said Granger would miss three weeks.

Indiana intended to keep Granger out until he was pain free.

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