Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 1:40 pm  |  25 responses

Danny Granger on Lack of Attention for Pacers: ‘We Take it a Little Personal’

The Indiana Pacers may not be on the radar of most NBA fans and media, but they’re full of confidence, and are using the lack of League-wide respect and acclaim as fuel with the Playoffs approaching. From the Indy Star: “Despite owning the NBA’s fifth-best record (40-22), the Pacers are the team few people seem to talk about. National exposure has been minimal, with only one game televised by TNT, ABC or ESPN this season. ‘We take it a little personal,’ said forward Danny Granger, who leads the Pacers’ balanced scoring attack at 18.8 points a game. ‘But we’re a small market. A thing about being a small market is that you don’t get the national media coverage like some of the other teams.’ The only way for the Pacers to get the attention they believe they deserve? ‘(Make) some noise in the playoffs,’ Granger said. That means advancing past the first round, then pushing Miami or Chicago, the likely second-round opponent, to at least six games, if not pulling off the upset. ‘I think that they’ve got the necessary components,” Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins said before the Pacers beat his team Tuesday. ‘There are a lot of teams that are not going to want to play them in the playoffs. If they can stay (the third seed) and win that first round, they’re going to be a tough out.’ The Pacers have faced an uphill battle to get recognition this season. They’re not viewed as a glamorous team. Unlike other teams, they don’t have that one marketable player fans flock to see. […] Indiana has already surpassed its win total for each of the past five seasons despite a schedule with 16 fewer games. ‘We’re the league’s best secret,’ center Roy Hibbert said. ‘We don’t get talked about much, but the teams we play against know what we bring and what we’re about. We are a complete team. When we win, people act surprised, but we’re not.’ […] They’ve recorded wins in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston and were a late mental breakdown away from winning in Miami. The Pacers have a winning road record –19-14 — for only the fourth time in franchise history. ‘I felt like we were a top-five team in the NBA and I wanted our guys walking into the building feeling like the favorite,’ head coach Frank Vogel said.”

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  • Sean B

    They’re an Eric Gordon away from becoming a serious contender in the East. This was my belief before EG mysteriously sat out this entire season. If he’s still the same player I remember from LAC, then I stand firm behind that belief.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Danny Granger.
    Sean Elliot Jr.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    If the Spurs fly under the radar, what the hell makes him think ppl are gonna pay attention to Indiana?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Duuuuude, i’ll admit it… I’m still sleeping on them. Not sure they have what it takes to beat anyone in the playoffs is my deal with them. Good regular season team. Young, athletic, good defense, but not great. I just don’t see playoff success.

  • Youngindy21

    The lack of respect that the Indiana Pacers get is ridiculous. They say it is because Indiana is a small market BUT you still hear about the Indianapolis Colts on ESPN and they still get nationally televised games. The Pacers were a playoff team last season and they didn’t even schedule one nationally televised game this season or the last. They had to add ONE nationally televised game for the Indiana Pacers during the middle of this Season. They almost NEVER talk about the Indiana Pacers on ESPN or TNT. Even when the Pacers had a nationally televised game, during the Halftime, ESPN didn’t even talk about the Pacers they talked about the NY Knicks which had nothing to do with the game, seeing as the Pacers were playing the Sixers. ESPN needs to start respecting Danny Granger because he is EASILY a top 5 SF in the NBA. Plus Indy has beaten EVERY single heavyweight in the NBA except the San Antonio Spurs who they only played once.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Granger is a top 5 SF in the NBA? Since when? He plays no defense, is streaky as hell, and consistently underperforms when matched up against another strong SF. Lebron, Melo, Durant, Gay, and Deng are all better than Granger.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    Pierce too.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Maybe people are sleeping on Indiana but I am sure NOBODY wants to play them, same as the Memphis Grizzlies. Winning four playoff games against those very deep two teams in half court basketball, when coaches actually have time to focus in opponents’ weaknesses…..Good luck. Matter of fact, I am gonna root for those two teams in the playoffs, should be interesting……

  • Fresh Boirdee

    @ Young Indy… You can’t compare the NFL with the NBA. NFL games are constantly the highest rated programming on television across all demos, where NBA barely cracks the top 10 in black households. Payton Manning compared to Danny Granger!?! And now Andrew Luck… football is America’s sport.

  • Youngindy21

    I’ll accept Pierce but there is NO WAY Rudy Gay and Luol Deng are better than Granger. First of all Rudy Gay hasn’t been to an All-Star game. Granger averages more points over his career than both Deng and Gay. Luol Deng is overrated because he is on the Chicago Bulls. Deng could never lead a team to Third best record in the East. Nobody even knew who Deng was before D-Rose and he was in the league 4 years before D-Rose was drafted. And How does he consistently under perform? He averaged almost 22ppg in the playoffs last season against Deng. Get your facts straight before dissing Granger like that.

  • Jerome

    “If they stay (the third seed),” means they would play Blight’s Magic, which is mouth-watering for the Pacers. Pacers/Spurs finals would be a breath of fresh air.

  • bull22

    i gave the pacers the respect last year when i said the bulls would beat them in 6 games and it turned out to be a tough five game series. in a 82 game season i predicted 44 wins for this team and they gone 18 games over 500.
    they will advance to second round-guaranteed and will be a hard opponent to beat.

  • Buujangles

    LOL youngindy got butt hurt. Why you catching feelings homie? Just because Granger avgs more points per game over his career over Gay doesn’t mean he’s better. Granger is streaky as hell and if his shot is off he ain’t doing JACK. Granger plays no defense either. Gay can hit the three, mid range J and get to the basket and dunk it with the best of them. How about YOU get your facts straight homie.

  • guambomb

    spurs/pacers would be a breath of fresh air to who?!! lol i dont think outside the players’ moms a lot of people would watch that series.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    You are not going to win a championship – or go beyond the second round, for that matter – without at least one top-15 player. A team without a superstar had better be loaded with all-stars (i.e. ’04 Pistons) or they aren’t contenders. And nobody really cares about guaranteed first or second round outs. Sorry, Pacers.


    Two words Danny: “winnable games”

  • Rainman

    ^ U still mad about that, huh? lol

  • Rainman

    And Dude, overall , Rudy Gay is a lot better than Danny Granger. Danny Granger’s best years are behind him already. Gay’s just getting started. Pause.

  • Captain Obvious

    Pacers vs. GRIZZ finals!!!! Paul George Rudy gay Danny granger and oj mayo will be household names next year. Leaders of the new school


    Not mad at all, Rain. As a Knicks fan I’m happy because the Knicks swept that home and away vs Indiana, and won by an average of 15 points. In fact they Knicks should have swept the season series if not for a 4th quarter collapse early this month. Knicks getting that 6 seed riding a 6 game winning streak would be poetic.

  • IndyB

    Pacers will win out going into the playoffs where reputations are earned. If they can win a series against the Bulls or Heat then they will be taken seriously. It’s beginning to feel a little bit like 93 back in Indy. (back then nobody knew who Reggie Miller was yet)

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    I had heard of Reggie back in ’93. Can’t say I was following him closely but when somebody drops 57 points, I tend to notice. :)

  • smoove

    he should be happy they dont have a target on their back, and just continue to whipp ass silent and violent.

  • DreDay

    It’s better to keep a low profile. And whether other teams or FANS want to admit it or not the Pacers are going to be a problem in the Playoffs. They are solid all the way across the board. Starters/Bench ….317 : )

  • Techie

    Please, this aint 93/94/95 season.. You guys (Indy) should even be lucky that you are getting the exposure that you are getting right now.

    Grainger: You guys gotta keep on the low.. Its the best way, and plus you keep other people talk bout you.. Indy is my sleeper in the playoffs, but if Knicks sneak into the 6th seed. Good luck.