Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger took a significant step toward returning to the lineup Monday.

Granger didn’t report any significant problems from his first fullcourt contact practice on Sunday.

“He said he felt really good,” Paces coach Frank Vogel said. “Couple of movements he felt like he was still getting his confidence back to explode. No pain or anything. Just normal recovering type of stuff in your first live action.”

The next step for Granger, out all season with a left knee injury, will be how he responds after today’s practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

That’s when the Pacers will have a better indication on when Granger will return to the lineup.

Vogel reiterated that they would like to get Granger some playing time in Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, their final game before the All-Star break, but they’re also not going to force the issue. Vogel said he’ll have limited minutes Wednesday if he does play.

If Granger doesn’t play Wednesday, he’s expected to make his season debut against the New York Knicks on Feb. 20.

Vogel said Granger will come off the bench when he first returns so that he can work on his timing and rhythm before he puts him back in the starting lineup.