The Indiana Pacers were without leading scorer Danny Granger for most of the second half of Game 5 of their series with the Miami Heat. After launching a three-pointer midway through the second quarter, Granger landed on LeBron James’ left foot and rolled his own left ankle.
Granger started the second half with his ankle tightly wrapped, but he tweaked it again a few minutes into the third quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the night. He finished with 10 points in 20 minutes of playing time.
Indiana director of media relations David Benner later updated Granger’s status:
Granger X-Ray negative on sprained left ankle. He will be day to day.—
David Benner (@PacersDMB) May 23, 2012
Granger led the team with 18.7 point per game this season, nearly six points better than David West and Roy Hibbert (both at 12.8). He also averaged 21.4 points in Indiana’s opening-round series against the Orlando Magic, although he had been held in check (13.8 ppg) in the first four games against the Heat.
With the Heat apparently on their way to a win, the Pacers will have to deal with a hobbled Granger — if he’s able to play at all — as they try to stave off elimination in Game 6.