November 7, 2012 / 8:08 PM / 5 years ago

Indiana Pacers scoring forward Granger out for three months

(Reuters) - Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is expected to be sidelined for about three months with a left knee injury, the National Basketball Association team said on Wednesday.

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger (33) shoots the basketball defended by Miami Heat forward Shane Battier during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis May 20, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith

The 29-year-old former All Star, who led the Pacers in scoring last season with 18.7 points per game to help them reach the Eastern Conference semi-finals, received an injection to help treat his patellar tendinosis, the team said in a news release.

The injury dealt a blow to Indiana’s playoff prospects after notching a 42-24 record last season and giving the eventual champions Miami Heat a tough battle in the playoffs before falling 4-2 in the best-of-seven conference semi-finals.

The Pacers, who are 2-2 so far this season and play the Hawks on Wednesday in Atlanta, have started Gerald Green and Sam Young at small forward in the absence of Granger, a 2005 first-round draft pick who is the longest-tenured Pacers player.

Reporting by Larry Fine in New York, Editing by Simon Evans in Miami.

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