INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger tried to brush aside any new concerns about his injured left calf Monday.
Pacers fans can only hope he's right.
Hours after the Pacers announced Granger would miss three weeks with a muscle strain, he walked out of practice with a smile and insisted this injury is nothing like the one that kept him out of action most of last season.
"It's not terrible," he said. "I can run up and down the court but when I start jumping, it feels like a knot in my calf where I hurt it. They (the doctors) just said to sit out until I didn't feel it."
Granger missed all but five games with a tendon injury in his left knee, and there were big questions about his health throughout the Pacers' busy offseason.
Indiana signed three free agents, hired two new assistant coaches, brought Larry Bird back to the front office and traded for Luis Scola. The Pacers are hoping the moves pay off after they pushed the Heat to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final.
GRIZZLIES: The NBA fined forward Ed Davis $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas in Friday's preseason game.
KNICKS: The fourth-year option on guard Iman Shumpert's contract was exercised. Shumpert averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 45 games, all starts, last season after returning from torn knee ligaments.
TIMBERWOLVES: The team and the City of Minneapolis announced a $97 million renovation plan for Target Center. The long-negotiated plan is scheduled to be voted on for approval by the City Council on Nov. 12.
WIZARDS: Guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall, all acquired with Marcin Gortat in last week's trade with the Suns, were waived.