Didn’t happen because of a technicality an hour before tip-off.
Usually signed by head coach Doc Rivers under the heading “Updated Roster Additions” and relayed to the officials before every game it was instead printed by a member of the team’s public relations staff.
The staffer didn’t circle Granger’s number on the sheet along with the other active team members by the mandatory 6:30pm local deadline. So, referee Bill Spooner ruled him ineligible sending Granger back to the locker room after he had been warming up with the team prior to the game.
No worries for Granger and his new team. The Clippers (41-20) opened a 22-8 first quarter lead and were really never challenged routing the Pelicans (23-36) by a 108-76 final score.
L.A. was paced by Chris Paul with 21 points and Blake Griffin with 20. Griffin tied a franchise record by recording his 19th consecutive 20 point game. Darren Collison added 15 and Matt Barnes poured in 14 for Los Angeles which opened a four-game lead over Golden State in the Pacific Division.
New Orleans was led by Tyreke Evans with 22 points and Austin Rivers – Doc Rivers’ son – with 19 in the loss.
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Danny Granger will have to wait until Tuesday night to make his debut with Los Angeles. The Clippers will be in Phoenix to take on the Suns.