October 23, 2012; Cleveland, OH USA: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) goes up for a shot as Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) defends during a preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger expected to miss opener

On Thursday morning, reports broke that Indiana Pacers’ forward Danny Granger was unlikely to play in the Pacers’ opener against the Orlando Magic Tuesday night.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel expanded on that and didn’t completely rule Granger out of the game.

“There’s a chance he could play on opening night, but it’s probably unlikely,” Vogel told Michael Pointer of the USA Today. “He was on track to maybe have a role with the starting unit. Now, he’s struggling to find his timing. We’re running the offense through Lance (Stephenson) when he comes off the bench. We’ll see where he’s at on a day-by-day basis.”

Granger injured his calf in a preseason loss to the Dallas Mavericks on October 16. Granger was originally listed as “day-to-day,” but hasn’t played since suffering the injury.

Granger was limited to just five games in the 2012-13 season.

Over his career, the eight-year veteran out of New Mexico has averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

The Pacers and Magic will tip at 7:00 pm EST Tuesday.

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