Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 10:01 am  |  25 responses

Danny Granger Calls the Indiana Pacers the Second Best Team in the East

The Indiana Pacers may have posted the third best record in the Eastern Conference last season, but according to Danny Granger, his Pacers are now just a step behind the defending champion Miami Heat in the East. Per the Indy Star: “Like everybody else in the Pacers organization, Granger is eager for the season to start after they were eliminated by Miami in six games in the second round of the playoffs last season. ‘Still not over it,’ Granger said laughing about losing to the Heat. ‘I’m over it. It happens. They were the better team. I think they deserved to win the championship. That’s the way it goes. We have to get better.’ The Eastern Conference will be better next season. Brooklyn, Boston, New York and the Pacers are expected to be in the mix for seeds 2-4 in the East. Granger believes they’ve got the second best team in the conference behind the Heat. ‘It’s going to be tough,’ he said. ‘Brooklyn, they are going to be a threat. Obviously Miami is going to be there, but I think we still view ourselves as a top-2 team in the East.’ The battle for the seeds 2-4 will likely be determined by which team can stay the healthiest. The Pacers were a relatively healthy team last season. [...] ‘I think we’re in the driver’s seat coming off the success we had last year,” Granger said. ‘We just have to go out and win the division.’”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Don’t forget about the Bulls though. Even without Rose, I expect them to have a better record than the Knicks, Nets, Hawks, 76ers, and Magic.

  • bravo

    What. Raptora are second best in the east.

  • bravo

    What. Raptors are second best in the east.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    If the day ever comes where Danny Granger shows up for an entire playoff series, then Pacers are possibly the strongest challenge to Miami Heat. Until then, I believe it’s Celtics.

  • jayrose

    @Jtaylor21….I’m a bulls fan as well and I don’t think were going to tank the season as many say. Well make the playoffs but as the second best team I wouldn’t really count the bulls in that category this year unless boozer caries the team to that level but for sure well be in the top 6.

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

    No team with Granger as their leader will ever be top anything.

  • clydesays

    Danny, It’s the Celtics until you can prove otherwise.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Lost a lot of respect for Granger after that punk performance he pulled against Miami. Fake tough guy. The only guys I want to hear from on the Pacers are David West, George Hill or Roy Hibbert. No one’s afraid of Indiana, especially not Miami. Who really cares about being second? We all know who’s first.

  • LA Huey

    Granger and JR starting rivalry between cats writing bad checks.

  • Beavis

    Lmao the dirtiest team in the NBA with the dirtiest coach ever! Bulls are still the regular season champs, unoffically. Bulls system wins ball games and even without Rose I wouldn’t be shocked if they win the East again. Pacers are nothing but da Bulls step kids. Lol @ Granger being the best player on any team. Gaycers!

  • miagus23

    @ByAnyMeansNecessary, agree 100% with you dude. Those second round jabs and shoves to our heat players showed what a dirty and unclassy team they are. I honestly was disgusted by their lack of respect and dignity in that round.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Chill Miami wasn’t all that classy either. But man this dude is a joke, even if my Bulls aren’t #2, it’d then be the Nets maybe or Celtics.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    The bulls wont have a better record than most of those teams because not only are they missing Rose but they’re whole damn bench.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC03hmS1Brk Max

    If Paul George develops watch out.

  • Eric

    Haha, Danny Granger. The Pacers showed their true class when they made fun of Amare injuring his hand on a fire extinguisher. What about when Granger told the media playing the Knicks was an easy win, right before they lost? Granger is right about the Pacers being the #2 about as right as he is that he is a superstar max player…


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  • Chou

    Co-sign @Max. Paul George has the tools to be an All-Star in a year or two. Also, don’t be surprised if Granger gets his butt shipped out by the deadline.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    2:25 is not me.

  • Percy Jackson

    Indiana needs to ship Granger to let George play the 3 he would become way more effective on the offensive end

  • J

    Whatever makes Granger feel better about himself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    We knew it wasn’t you Redd. The comment made sense.

  • http://bdeue.com rob

    Yeah that was some funny sh!t in tha playoffs

  • Youngindy21

    A lot of people hating on Danny Granger but what he said is true. What other team beat the Miami Heat by 19pts in the playoffs? Heck the Indiana Pacers won more games against Miami than OKC, Chicago, and the NY Knicks and that was with Granger injuring his ankle in the playoffs. The Chicago Bulls are MAYBE the 2nd best team in the Central division. After all they couldn’t even beat a 76ers team without D-Rose and they shipped away most of their bench. If Danny Granger can return to his 2009 form and Roy Hibbert can live up to his contract then no team in the East can beat them. Also why are people giving the Brooklyn Nets credit when they haven’t even done anything yet.

  • Dave

    A lot of hating on Granger. He was kind of awful during the heat series, no doubt there. But he was a beast last year agains the bulls, owning Luol Deng who is supposed to be a top defender. That series should of went to 6 games too if the refs didn’t take away game 2 from us. So I am going to give Granger a mulligan and a chance to redeem himself next year. Hopefully he come out of camp ready to play, this year he started off the season shooting like .300 so you know he didn’t put the time in during the summer. As for being a #2 seed, all that depends on how the players develop. Everyone on the team except David West is relatively young so if they can begin to reach their potential, guys like paul george, lance stevenson, hibbert, the ceiling is very high. Even as a pacer fan its tough to put them ahead of the celtics considering the depth they have added, and they took the heat to 7 games last year. The bulls are not going to have the year they had last year. Ill give tibodeau a lot of credit for last year, but I just can’t see that happening this year. Teague is going to be good but i don’t believe he’s nba ready. Bulls will for sure make the playoffs tho and with rose they will be the 2nd best team behind the heat no matter what their record says, thats how great of a player rose is.

  • Dave

    And cut all this fake tough crap. First of all, Granger was only responding to what Lebron and Wade were doing to him or his teammates. As long as he wasn’t instigating it I’m not going to sit here and call him a thug, wade and lebron were the ones instigating everything. And how do you know Granger is fake? lol