According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Danny Granger will miss Saturday’s matchup against the Houston Rockets.
Danny Granger won’t play Saturday at Houston because of a strained left hamstring, per Clippers.
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 28, 2014
In last night’s victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Granger left the game early in the fourth quarter with what was later diagnosed as a sore left hamstring. While he was labeled questionable, he never returned to the floor finishing with 2 points in 10 minutes of play.
Granger’s time as a Clipper has gone better than anyone could have expected. Prior to being traded from the Indiana Pacers, Granger’s return from injury hadn’t gone as expected. He struggled shooting from the floor and wasn’t defending well. His struggling play — and expiring contract — led to the team shipping him out in return for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. In 12 games played with the Clippers, Granger is shooting 42% from the field, 10 points higher than with Indiana, and 42% from behind the arc, seven points higher than Indiana.
With the Clippers likely to land a top-four seed, don’t expect Doc Rivers to rush Granger back until he is one-hundred percent. During his absence, Jared Dudley, a player who has fallen in the rotation due to Granger’s play, will likely see more playing time.
Tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets won’t be the only game Danny Granger misses on this road trip. According to the media, Danny Granger has been sent home for the remainder of the trip due to his hamstring injury.
“I’m walking around, I don’t think it’s that bad,” Granger said. “I’m optimistic.
Doc is treating Granger with precaution. Between the Rockets, Timberwolves, and Suns, Granger’s presence won’t sway the matchup out of the Clippers favor. The playoffs is much more important that a few regular season meetings, and Granger’s health needs to be great when that time comes.
Here is something that we can all keep an eye on going forward:
CLIPPERS. Uh oh Danny Granger with Hamstring injury. These tears can take a long time to heal and notoriously lead to other injuries!
— Dr. Robert Klapper (@DrRobertKlapper) March 29, 2014
Including tonight’s game, there are nine games left in the regular season.