Collison led all reserves with 15 points (4-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added five rebounds and three dimes over 28 minutes in Monday's 112-98 win over the Mavericks. Collison has provided double-digit scoring production over the last four games, while recording exactly three assists in each of those contests. He's fallen between 23 and 28 minutes during that stretch, and with the Sacramento roster now back to full health, it appears safe to project him to fall within that playing-time range for the Kings' next handful of games to come.
Collison registered 18 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), three assists, and two rebounds over 26 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Bucks. The 18 points were more than double his output in any of the other four games he's played since returning from injury. Much of those lackluster point totals were a byproduct of shooting just 12-for-38 from the field (31.5 percent) during that span, but as that number gradually inches closer to his 46.3 percent career rate, his scoring should recover. Collison continues to come off the bench for the Kings, but the combo guard should see 25-plus minutes on a regular basis.
Collison is expected to move back to the bench for Monday's game against the Hornets with Rudy Gay (shoulder) on track to rejoin the starting lineup, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports. With Gay sidelined for the Kings' previous game Saturday against the Magic, Collison picked up the start at shooting guard alongside Rajon Rondo and played a season-high 36 minutes. Considering that Collison had played 28 and 21 minutes when he came off the bench in the Kings' preceding two games, it seems likely that he'll settle back into that range Monday now that Gay is back, but he could still offer enough contributions as a scorer and assist man to remain active.
Collison will start Saturday against the Magic in place of Rudy Gay (shoulder), Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports. With Rudy Gay ruled out due to a shoulder strain, Collison will get the start alongside Rajon Rondo and Ben McLemore in the King's backcourt Saturday against the Magic. Considering Collison just returned from a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury, it's unclear how much time he might log with Rondo and McLemore on the floor at the same time. The 28-year-old guard had been a consistent presence for the Kings prior to the injury, averaging 15 points and five assists a game, so it seems likely Collison could put up favorable numbers against the Magic if he can exceed 30 minutes -- something he hasn't been able to do in the previous two games.
Collison (hamstring) will play Wednesday against the Hawks, Kings' broadcaster Gary Gerould reports. Collison was questionable coming in, but he'll make his return after missing the last five games. In his absence, Rajon Rondo saw huge minutes - 43 or more in all five games - so he'll likely regress back into the high-20s/low-30s with Collison back in the fold.
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