After a scary moment saw Danny Granger taken off the court on a stretcher in their most recent game, the Indiana Pacers will be thankful to have their starting forward in the lineup Wednesday when they host the Memphis Grizzlies.

Granger, a second-year player from New Mexico, is averaging 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season and has started the last 13 games for Indiana (27-24).

According to the team's official Web site, Granger is expected to play despite taking an accidental elbow to the neck from the Los Angeles Clippers' Elton Brand in the third quarter of Sunday's 94-80 Pacers victory.

He laid face-down for several minutes before being wheeled off and taken to a local hospital. X-rays where negative.

"I remember opening my eyes and everybody was around me and they brought out the stretcher," Granger told the Pacers' Web site. "I wasn't too scared because I knew I could move my arms and legs."

Granger, who ranks third on the team in scoring behind Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley, has played an increased role since Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson were traded to Golden State last month.

Prior to Sunday's game, where he finished with nine points in 25 minutes, Granger was averaging 16.2 points in his previous five contests.

Even without Granger, Indiana was able to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday. O'Neal had 21 points and four blocked shots to set a franchise record with 1,113 career blocks, topping Rik Smits' mark of 1,111.

Mike Dunleavy, who scored 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting against the Clippers, is averaging 11.8 points on the season and 12.9 in 12 games since arriving in Indiana in the Golden State trade.

However, he has scored 43 points while making 18 of 27 field-goal attempts in his last two games.

"He's working hard on his whole game, particularly his shooting," Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said. "And you can see the progress he's made."

The Grizzlies (14-39) defeated New Orleans 108-104 on Tuesday, earning their first win in 14 tries against a Southwest Division opponent.

"Getting this one right here is so big for us. This gets us in the right direction," said rookie Rudy Gay, who had 18 points.

Hakim Warrick and Pau Gasol each had double-doubles for Memphis. Warrick had 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Gasol added 11 points and 15 boards.

"I've been saying the whole year that once our young guys catch on and once they start improving, showing strides of improvement, that our season is going to turn,'' said Grizzlies guard Chucky Atkins, who scored 19 points and had six assists.

Memphis has won two of its last three, but at 3-22 still holds the NBA's worst road record. The Grizzlies are also 0-10 all-time at Indiana, with the losses coming by an average margin of 12.2 points.

The Pacers won 116-110 at Memphis on Feb. 3, when O'Neal and Tinsley each scored 25 points. Gasol scored 30 points and added nine rebounds for the Grizzlies.


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