Pacers guard Darren Collison available to play against the Celtics
Per the Indiana Pacers official twitter account, point guard Darren Collison will be available to play Wednesday evening against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.
Update: Darren Collison is available to play tonight. https://t.co/28SFGAffwW
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 9, 2019
Over the past couple of weeks, Collison has been struggling with day-to-day leg soreness.
On Tuesday, the guard was listed as “questionable” to play and still ended up on the court, scoring eight points with nine assists, four steals and two rebounds in 26 minutes.
As his leg continues to rile down, he’ll take on more minutes and a larger offensive role for the Pacers.
The Pacers have had a wonderful season thus far, playing some of the best defense in the entire NBA. They only allow 102.3 points per game, which ranks first overall in the entire league. Their defensive rating is also a 104.4, which is second in the NBA. Their defense is simply stifling.
Myles Turner has had a huge season defensively for the team. Though he isn’t the best overall center in the association, he’s playing like a seasoned rim protector. He leads the league in blocks (102), blocks per game, (2.8) and block percentage (9.o). His defensive presence is the cornerstone of a team who has proved all of their doubters wrong.
Victor Oladipo is also one of the best defensive wings in the NBA. He often takes the responsibility of guarding the other team’s best player, while taking on the burden of the offensive load. It’s very impressive what the two-way star has been able to accomplish in a Pacers uniform.
Collison is no slouch either, and it actually one of the better defensive point guards in the NBA. Though he can be a bit small at times, he plays with solid fundamentals and is a solidly engaged shot contester.
The Pacers are now 27-13 on the season and sit 3rd in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.