The summer hiatus of NBA is slowly coming to an end. While the regular season is still a couple of weeks away, NBA preseason officially tips off on Saturday. The Indiana Pacers will return to the floor to take on the Chicago Bulls at 7 PM ET, and a couple of injured stars should be making their way back.
Derrick Rose is expected to play in all of the Bulls’ preseason games, and Danny Granger will be coming off the bench for the Pacers.
Granger recently tweaked his back in practice, but that doesn’t seem to stop him from playing in the preseason opener. As Vogel suggests, Granger is looking at around 24 minutes.
A popular topic in the offseason was whether or not Granger should start for Indiana next season. Many pundits agree that bringing the small forward off the bench is the significantly more efficient option — Granger wouldn’t disrupt the chemistry of the starting lineup and would strengthen what has been a week bench.
Granger has said that he wants to start, but it remains to be seen how well both him and Lance Stephenson will play.