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Granger's Return Unknown As Pacers Hit The Road Again

Last updated on Monday, March 9, 2009

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - The Indiana Pacers are back home for one game as they host the Utah Jazz Tuesday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.

The Pacers won two of three on their final west coast road trip of the season, beating the Kings and the Clippers with a loss at Portland sandwiched in between.

Indiana is 28-and-37 and will enter tomorrow's game trailing the Chicago Bulls by two games for eighth place in the eastern conference with five other teams still involved in the battle for the final playoff spot.

The Jazz are the hottest team in the NBA. They won their eleventh-consecutive game on Sunday afternoon with a 109-101 victory in Toronto.

It is still not known when Danny Granger will be able to return to the Pacers' lineup. Granger has missed nine games with a partially torn ligament in his right foot.

Indiana has won six of those nine games, but team President Larry Bird said last week that he does not feel the team can keep it up without their top scoring option.

Granger says he will not return until the injury is 100-percent healed as he does not want to risk re-injuring it and miss the remainder of the season.

The Pacers will be without Mike Dunleavy for the rest of the season after he underwent knee surgery on Thursday.

Following tomorrow night's game, the Big Ten men's basketball tournament at the Fieldhouse will force the Pacers back on the road for weekend games at Atlanta and Toronto.

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