Indiana Pacers could be without Danny Granger for 3 months

The Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger, right, drives past The Indiana Pacers' Danny Granger, right, drives past the Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee during the first quarter of a preseason game. (Oct. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana needs to find a long-term replacement for Danny Granger.

Team officials announced Wednesday that the one-time All-Star forward is expected to miss up to three months after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis.

Losing Granger for an extended period is a big blow for a team that entered this season hoping to contend for an Eastern Conference title. He was the Pacers' top scorer last season (18.7 points) and is typically their first option in late-game situations, too.

All the Pacers can do now is move on.

"We still have a heck of a team," coach Frank Vogel said before Saturday night's home opener. "We've still got a great deal of talent, a great deal of depth. So my hopes are very high that we'll excel without Danny."