With Deng's inconsistency, McRoberts' rust & Granger's unavailability, the re-signing of Chalmers stands out as a rare positive so far.
Granger's rapid decline reminds me of Redd, which reminds me that it's a fine line between all-star scorer and washed up bench dude.
And Danny Granger is healthy enough to dunk.
So wait for Granger until now?
Um, what ever happened to Danny Granger being healthy? Hasn't played.
Heat had tweeted Granger as a starter then removed the tweet. Now have Deng and Chalmers starting.
Surgeon told Danny Granger this summer that he wouldn't feel right until after New Year's. He's not rushing back.
Spo: "(Granger’s) really been proceeding well & at a good rate. We’re trying to get him more practice time, we’ll continue to evaluate him."
Spoelstra on Granger: "He hasn’t played where he’s felt great about his body in over 2 years. I’d say he’s ahead of schedule."
Danny Granger with 4pts in 20mins tonight, his first game with the Heat. Started, too. He missed the first 10gms with a hamstring injury.
Heat are missing 3 important players and plugging in Granger and Dawkins. They shot poorly overall and yet only down 5 at the half.
Nets 17, Heat 14, 3:37 left in Q1. D. Granger has 2p on 1/2 FGs so far in his debut. Bosh (12/49 FGs last 3 games) has yet to take a shot.
Danny Granger breaks through with a hard drive for a layup.
Danny Granger, out of practice, gets the ball in the L corner and steps out of bounds behind himself before driving to the hoop.
So two games ago, James Ennis was good enough to start. Now the Heat are (apparently) rushing back Danny Granger as an emergency starter?
Heat starting Danny Granger and Mario Chalmers in place of Luol Deng & Dwyane Wade.
Danny Granger, starting in his Heat reg. season debut tonight, has played just 46 games (and started 2) in past 2 seasons. Wade, Deng out.
Danny Granger is making his Heat debut tonight against the Nets.....and he's in the starting lineup. ....
Danny Granger is starting for Luol Deng tonight.
When Chris Bosh goes out to jump center, he will see himself surrounded by Shawne Williams, Danny Granger, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers.
This will be Danny Granger's debut for the Heat. Had been out with hamstring and hip flexor issues.
And out of nowhere, Danny Granger is starting in place of Luol Deng, who is out with a sore right wrist.
Heat to start Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Danny Granger, Shawne Williams & Chris Bosh.
Granger hasn't gotten on the court. McRoberts can't stay on it. Andersen is stapled to it. Shawne Williams only positive FA surprise so far.
Then Napier with the three. With no Wade, McRoberts, Granger, it's sort of kids or bust.
Danny Granger (hamstring) will dress, but be used only on an emergency basis.
Danny Granger said he will not be available tonight to help fill in for Wade's absence, says he's not ready yet from his hamstring issue.
Brian Randle just demolished Jayson Granger with a monster block at one, followed by a fast-break slam at the other.
Usual starters for the Heat. Justin Hamilton and Andre Dawkins inactive, so Danny Granger and Chris Andersen active.
Spoelstra says Birdman likely to play. Granger most likely to dress but not play.
No Justin Hamilton for Heat tonight, but Chris Andersen likely and Danny Granger remains open-in-case-of-emergency.
Granger: "It was a lot of dislike, I'll just leave it at that. I'm sure they didn't like us either. It was an intense rivalry."
Granger on Heat/Pacers rivalry: "It was intense, I'm not going to lie. We did not like the Miami Heat, it was nothing personal."
Granger believes hamstring will have him out against Pacers, "As much a I'd like to play in that game, I won't [push it]."