Stephenson’s injury keeps him out of Friday game

Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) drives around Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye (4) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson will not play in Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers after he was injured on Tuesday.

Stephenson took a hard fall Tuesday, bruising his back. He tried to get back on the court Friday, but his back would not loosen up, the team said.

Danny Granger will start in his place.

The Pacers take on the Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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