Darren Collison was benched for the entire fourth quarter in the team’s 97-83 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Collison became frustrated, and confusion fused into this. Mike Wells had this to say from the Indianapolis Star:
“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.
“It’s real tough, but I guess you have to control things when you’re in the game,” Collison said. “When you’re not in the game, you just have to stay in tuned and try to help other guys.”
I think Jim O’Brien should have let Collison. Please Jim, don’t try to ruin things now.