Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger attempts a lay up against Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones in the second quarter of their NBA pre-season basketball game in Taipei Arena

Danny Granger officially out for Pacers’ first two games


This was expected (we told you Thursday this was likely coming) but now it is official:

Danny Granger will miss the first two games of the Pacers season due to a strained left calf, reports The Pacers open up Tuesday night at home against Orlando then travel to take on the Pelicans in New Orleans Wednesday.

“He’s just doing some light shooting and stuff,” Vogel said. “As long as he’s feeling anything down there, [the training staff is] going to be cautious with it.”

Granger basically missed all of last season due to a knee injury and he got back from that, but has had the calf strain the past two weeks since a preseason game against Chicago.

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The Pacers are going to be patient here, there is no reason to rush him back for games this early in the season. That said, there questions the Pacers need to answer in the first part of the season: Can Granger play with Paul George and Roy Hibbert? If so they have added an All-Star scorer to the mix, if not they will be shopping Granger and his expiring contract around for pieces that do fit.

They need to get him back on the court before we get in any answer.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.