Danny Granger injury: Pacers forward to miss 3 weeks with strained calf

Michael Hickey

The Pacers are being overly cautious because of Granger's health problems last season.

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that forward Danny Granger will miss three weeks because of a strained left calf suffered during the preseason.

Granger was already set to miss the first few games of the year, but the Pacers are being extremely cautious because of how things played out for Granger last season. However, the team says there are no problems with Granger's knee that forced him to miss all but five games last year.

Granger first suffered the calf injury in a preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 16. The 30-year-old played two days later against the Chicago Bulls, but he re-aggravated the injury and hasn't seen the court since.

Granger showed noticeable rust in the preseason, averaging 8.8 points and shooting just 31.8 percent overall. However, he did shoot 47.1 percent from long range and did show some signs of returning to form before going down with the injury.

Indiana hopes Granger can still be a key part of the rotation this year, whether it be in a starting role or as a scorer off the bench. A relatively healthy Granger would give the Pacers an even better chance at beating the Miami Heat, but there are major questions about whether he can stay on the court. This certainly isn't a good sign.

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