Danny Granger shines in Miami Heat debut
The Miami Heat signed veteran forward Danny Granger this past offseason, hoping that he could turn his career back around and become the same type of scorer that he was earlier in his career. Granger saw an opportunity to play good minutes on a playoff contending team, and that is why he chose Miami over any offer that was presented to him. Last night against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first NBA preseason game, Granger looked very solid and has excited the Heat and their fans.
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It’s going to be very interesting to see what type of preseason Granger can have moving forward, but there were quite a few analysts that thought that Granger came through with a great game.
Granger ended up scoring 12 points on 5-8 shooting, including 2-4 from behind the three-point arc. He played strong in 22 minutes of action, and also dished out four assists to go along with two rebounds. Obviously that type of performance is a good sign, but he’ll need to show that he can put those types of numbers up consistently.
Last season split between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, Granger was able to show signs here and there of the scoring threat that he used to be. Unfortunately, he also looked injured at times and was unable to get any type of lift on his shot. Miami still believes that he can get back to being the shooter and scorer that he was, and it’s obvious that Granger believes he can turn his career around as well.
All of that being said, it’s hard to take a lot out of the first preseason game of the season. It’s a long, grueling season, and that is going to be very rough on a player who has had a lot of health issues like Granger. While it is only one preseason game, there are some reasons to be excited for the Heat about what they saw from him.
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