While the news of Danny Granger being lost for the season wasn't easy to swallow, the Indiana Pacers have proved they are pretty dangerous even without him.
Indiana seeks a fourth straight victory as its western road swing continues Saturday night against the woeful Phoenix Suns, who hope to avoid their worst home losing streak in nine years.
The Pacers found out prior to Thursday's 103-78 win over Dallas that Granger would need surgery on his sore left knee that has kept him out of all but five games this season.
Indiana (46-27), though, still leads Chicago by 5 12 games for the lead in the Central Division -- which it hasn't won since 2003-04 -- despite playing mostly without Granger. He was the team's top scorer last season at 18.7 points per game.
The Pacers also are in a tight battle with New York for the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed.
"We know we can win without Danny in the lineup," said Paul George, averaging a team-best 17.7 points durin...