Pacers keeping up without Granger
Danny Granger, who missed Indiana's first 55 games, is sidelined again after playing only twice on his bad knee. Still, the Pacers own the second-best record in the East. Said coach Frank Vogel, "Not having Danny, our guys realized it was going to be more of a struggle on the offensive end. So I think that enhanced our urgency on the defensive end."
Fredette happy for Lillard's success
While BYU product Jimmer Fredette struggles in Sacramento, Weber State's Damian Lillard flourishes in Portland. Fredette's thoughts: "Everybody comes out of college as a big-time player. Then they take different paths in the NBA, whether they develop slower or play well right away. Damian has obviously been playing well right away getting minutes and shooting the ball well. I'm happy for him."
St. Louis basketball carrying on
Boston's Doc Rivers was friends with former University of Utah coach Rick Majerus, who died Dec. 1. Majerus moved on to St. Louis, which will play in the NCAA Tournament. Said Rivers: "I'm really happy St. Louis is doing well. Rick thought this was going to be a great year for him. Obviously, it didn't turn out. But the team I just read an article is playing in his honor. That's really cool."