A lot of Pacers fans would like to know what the team would be like without Danny Granger. Well, now they have their wish.
The Pacers' leading scorer of the last 5 years has been sidelined for 3 months after undergoing a procedure for his aching left knee. This means Granger won't play again until early January, and knowing that he is a notoriously slow starter, he might not hit full stride until the playoffs, IF the Pacers even make it.
Right now, the Pacers are 2-3, after suffering an embarrassing 89-86 loss to the Hawks in which they were outscored 24-9 in the fourth quarter.
George Hill and David West led the way with 20 points apiece, but Roy Hibbert continued his struggles with only 9 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. He's not the only one struggling either. The three newcomers who were supposed to take the team to the next level, DJ Augustin, Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi, remain awful.
But at least now they know Granger won't be around for a while and they can't count on his scoring for three months. Time for Paul George to step up and show that he has what it takes to be a franchise player. Time for Roy Hibbert to start acting like a max player. Time for George Hill to live up to his contract. Actually, it's time for all of them to get serious, because right now things don't look great.