Granger to play for Pacers, Nets’ Williams out

Pacers forward Danny Granger is expected to start Thursday

against New Jersey.

Indiana lost its top scorer with a sprained left ankle in the

first quarter of Tuesday’s loss to Miami. Granger also sat out

Wednesday’s loss at Cleveland. About 75 minutes before tipoff,

coach Frank Vogel said Granger would start.

The Pacers have lost a season-high five straight.

New Jersey, however, will be without forward Shawne Williams for

the second straight game. Williams was originally listed as out

with a sprained left shoulder. But before Thursday’s game, the team

said that Williams also has a sore left foot and knee and will be

out indefinitely.

Williams has started six games this season and was originally

drafted by the Pacers in 2006, No. 17 overall.