Indiana Pacers–Orlando Magic: Will Danny Granger or Ryan Anderson Show Up in Game 3?

Two games into this first round match up and the performance of two players has disappointed. Those two players? Danny Granger and Ryan Anderson.

On the exterior, Granger’s numbers don’t look so bad. He’s combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds in two games. But you look a little deeper and you see that Granger is shooting well.

At all.

In two games, Granger has taken 41 shots from the field and has only made 14 of them. That’s an abysmal 34%. To make matters worse, he’s only hit on 21% of his three pointers and 57% of his free throws. Yes, this is a small sample size to work with but are you telling me that Danny Granger can’t have his way with Hedo Turkoglu defending him? Come on.

Look, the Pacers ranked second to last in the league with 18.6 assists per game. The fact that they were still able to average almost 98 points a game shows that they were able to get good production from their one-on-one players. If Danny Granger’s shooting woes continue, it’s going to hurt the Pacers at some point if he’s shooting 20 times a game.

So how does he get out of the slump? He needs to drive to the rim more. The Magic have nobody inside to stop him and he should be able to blow by Turkoglu at will. The worst case scenario is he gets fouled and goes to the line (which could help him find his rhythm). Look fro Granger to drive more in Games 3 and 4 instead of settling for the outside shot (he attempted 10 threes in Game 2).

Ryan Anderson, on the other hand, needs to start shooting more. There’s a reason that Anderson led the league in three pointers made this season: He’s good at them.  But after averaging more than 12 field goals per game in the regular season, Anderson has only attempted 16 shots in the first two games combined. With Dwight Howard out of the picture, there is no reason that Anderson shouldn’t be averaging 15 shots a game. I would imagine that Stan Van Gundy will look to draw up more plays to get more shots for his talented power forward. If Anderson catches fire, he can completely swing a game or two.

Will he be able to swing Game 3? We will have to wait and find out.

Prediction: Orlando 90, Indiana 86