Danny Granger, the leading scorer for Indiana the past five years, could play for the first time this season tonight against Charlotte.
After watching the former All-Star go through a second full practice Tuesday, coach Frank Vogel told reporters that Granger looked a “little rusty” and that the Pacers were eager to finally get him back on the court.
“My message to Danny is that we don’t want you to come back unless you feel you’re ready to come back,” Vogel said.
The Pacers (31-21) have been waiting more than three months for Granger to recover from patellar tendinosis in his left knee.
Rose not close to return
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he’s “far away” from returning from knee surgery.
Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team.
But in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.
Celtics lose Barbosa
Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa has a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Barbosa injured the knee in Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the injury. Surgery had not yet been scheduled.