Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  10 responses

Darren Collison Upset by Fourth Quarter Benchings

Jim O’brien’s rotations have become increasingly frustrating for the young point guard. From the Indy Star: “Collison, a star in the making, was supposed to be the starter, with veteran T.J. Ford backing him up and second-year man A.J. Price getting sporadic minutes, as needed. It hasn’t played out that way the first seven weeks of the season. Pacers coach Jim O’Brien has added in some theatrics by using a few unconventional rotations. Collison has sat in the fourth quarter at times while Ford played in crunch time, which has frustrated him. Friday night in Atlanta, he sat the entire fourth quarter in favor of Price, which really hurt, Collison said. ‘I don’t know why I didn’t play,’ said Collison, who has started all 19 games he’s appeared in. ‘I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. Right now, I’m not used to it. It is what it is.’ O’Brien liked what Price could bring to the Pacers, so he got his shot. ‘I thought our best chance of coming back was with A.J. in the game because he spaces the court, he shoots the 3 and he also needed playing time,’ O’Brien said. ‘I also think he did a nice job.’ O’Brien has sat Collison in the past because he prefers Ford’s experience. Collison’s problem is that he’s still having a difficult time running the offense and playing the type of aggressive defense O’Brien wants. Collison is averaging 13.5 points and 4.2 assists in more than 28 minutes a game.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com ShadiestBen

    I don’t know what the statistics are but in the 3-4 Pacer games i’ve watched TJ Ford has out played Collison.

  • Eldon K

    Give Lance a shot…

  • Love4Humanity

    Please don’t give Lance a shot yet. Let him watch and learn how to play D first

  • Tyquez

    yeah give lance some playtime start him at sg. danny granger got the sf. on lock

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    i love how o’brien hated tj ford last year and uses him liberally this year. makes you wonder if he’s putting his best players on the floor in the right times or using some other methods to decide who gets burn and when.



  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    ^^^ What’s this Killer’s MO: Push’em down the steps?

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Nick for the kinda sorta win. ….. I havent seen pacers play yet this season(not year diesel), but I expected more from darren. Rush and hibbert have played well so far.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hibbert was doing some serious assist numbers early on in the piece.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Coach O’Brien was probably expecting the ‘Darren Collison Coming Out Tour’ to continue into this new season… I know I was. “Comic” (Darren Collisons initials D.C.) was putting up some sweet Chris Paul like numbers in Nawlins’ and I was expecting that to continue; it would be nice to see him do more with his 28 mins per. LETS GO COMIC!