As we have seen on multiple occasions, Darren Collison doesn’t always close games at point guard for the Pacers. Sometimes, TJ Ford finishes things. Saturday in Atlanta, Darren didn’t even play at all in the fourth quarter.
“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.”
Aside from the normal ups and downs of winning and losing, things have by and large been smooth sailing in Indiana so far this year. There was the summer arrest of Lance Stephenson and the five-game suspension of Brandon Rush for failing a drug test, but there has been almost no turmoil since.
Given that, it will be interesting to see how this reverberates over the days and weeks to come. Stay tuned.