Indiana Pacers Danny Granger Won't Let Knee Injury Stop Him From Playing in All-Star Game

Danny Granger, center, plans to play in the All-Star Game despite his sore knee.
Danny Granger, center, plans to play in the All-Star Game despite his sore knee. (By Darron Cummings -- Associated Press)
Monday, February 9, 2009

Indiana F Danny Granger vowed not to let his aching right knee keep him from playing in his first all-star game.

Granger, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer at 25.5 points per game, missed practice on Saturday to rest the knee.

Before the Pacers played the Wizards last night, Granger said he's ruled out missing the Feb. 15 All-Star Game in Phoenix.

"No chance. I'll hobble through that game if I have to," Granger said. "No way am I bagging that one."

Pacers Coach Jim O'Brien agreed with Granger's decision.

"I would second that. You don't make the all-star team every year," O'Brien said. "His knee is not an issue that him going out and playing a quarter and-a-half is going to go out and impact his knee." . . .

F Mike Dunleavy injured his right knee in the first quarter against the Wizards. He was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Dunleavy, who missed the first 34 games of the season with an injury to the right knee, left after playing three minutes.

· NETS: Vince Carter was sidelined for New Jersey's game against the Magic last night with a hyperextended right elbow.

Carter said he was injured in the third quarter of the Nets' 114-70 win over the Nuggets on Saturday night and is day-to-day.

· HORNETS: All-star F David West was ejected after a hard foul from behind on Mike Miller late in the second quarter of New Orleans's home game against the Timberwolves last night.

West appeared upset that no foul was called on the other end of the court seconds earlier, when he appeared to be hit and turned the ball over, leading to a fast break by Minnesota. He could be suspended.

-- From News Services

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