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- Pistons guard Brandon Knight will miss his second consecutive game with a hyperentended right knee. He had an MRI on Saturday, which revealed no further damage. “He can’t really jump off of it. He doesn’t have total confidence in it,” coach Lawrence Frank said. “The MRI was more for precautionary reasons. It didn’t show anything other than what we already diagnoised it with. He’ll be day-to-day. He’ll be taking some medication and just kind of see how he does in terms of trying to get the swelling down.”
- Indiana forward Danny Granger, the team’s leading scorer the last five seasons, will make his season debut tonight. He has been sidelined with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. He will play 15-20 minutes off the bench behind Lance Stephenson. Orlando Johnson, who had a season-high 14 points against Detroit in a 114-82 victory on Friday, will remain in the rotation for the time being behind Paul George.
- Pacers coach Frank Vogel is worried about complacency after the facile win on Friday. His team can sweep the season series tonight. “It’s always hard to beat any team in a season four times,” he said. “It’s a hard thing to come back from after the way we played last night because they’re going to bring a different edge tonight and make a ton of adjustments. It’s always a wakeup call when you get beat by double digits like that.”
– Dana Gauruder