Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss the next week of the NBA season even though an MRI exam showed no new damage to his left knee, the team announced on Wednesday.
Granger missed the first 55 games of the season for the Pacers because of patellar tendinitis in his knee before making his debut last month and playing in Indiana's past five games.
But Granger played only eight minutes last Sunday against Chicago before leaving the game with soreness in the knee, which he originally hurt against Miami last May in the seconbd round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Pacers decided that even with no new damage shown in an MRI exam, they want to rest Granger's knee before he returns to action.
He will miss games on Wednesday against Boston, Friday at Orlando and Sunday at Miami before being re-evaluated.
Granger, 29, averaged 18.1 points a game since being selected by Indiana in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft but has averaged only 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds this season.