Collison has hit double figures in scoring during seven of the last eight games, which is his second such stretch of the season. Collison's three 20-point performances thus far in January match his total in November and December combined, and he is beginning to show some solid consistency after struggling to find his way in a crowded backcourt during the first couple months of 2016-17.
Collison contributed 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists and one rebound across 22 minutes in a 120-108 loss to the Cavaliers on Friday.
Coach Dave Joerger frequently deployed Collison alongside Ty Lawson earlier in the month as part of two-point guard lineups, but he seems to have abandoned the experiment. Garrett Temple has started at shooting guard over the last three games, while Lawson has acted as the main backup to Collison. With Lawson running hot Friday and leading the bench with 17 points, Collison saw a downturn in his minutes, and that figures to remain an issue periodically while the two aren't sharing the floor together. Collison hasn't seen more than 30 minutes in any of the past three contests, which has limited his overall ceiling for production.
Collison started at shooting guard and put up 20 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in a 106-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday.
Though the Kings dropped another game to fall to 15-21 on the season, Collison seemed to coexist well in an off-the-ball role alongside Ty Lawson, who entered the starting lineup at point guard. Lawson has been pushing Collison for time at point guard for the past few weeks, and with both players playing well in recent games, coach Dave Joerger decided to experiment Friday and see how they would fare starting alongside one another. Joerger may end up sticking with the backcourt pairing Sunday against the Warriors, which could allow Collison to continue pouring in the points in what figures to be an up-tempo game. Collison has hit double figures in the scoring column in four straight games after failing to do in any of the four games that preceded them. During this hot streak, Collison is averaging 18.0 points (on 51.8% shooting from the field), 3.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 three-pointers in 34.3 minutes per game.
Collison recorded 26 points (10-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during a 120-113 win over Denver on Tuesday.
Collison took advantage of Ty Lawson's (nose) absence once again, this time scoring a season-high 26 points. Lawson probably won't be sidelined for too much longer, but Collison will continue to get heavy minutes in the meantime. Collison had been struggling with four straight single-digit scoring efforts but has rebounded with a combined 42 points over the last two games while Lawson has been hurt. It remains to be seen, however, if he can keep up the strong play when Lawson returns.
Collison finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), four assists, one rebound and one steal across 28 minutes in a 102-100 win over the 76ers on Monday.
For the fifth time in seven games, Collison was held under 10 points in the scoring column, and he's shooting just 30.6 percent from the field during that span. While Collison continues to hold down the starting role at point guard, he's beginning to cede significant minutes to backup Ty Lawson, who has scored in double figures in five straight games. Collison probably still possesses better fantasy upside over the long haul, but until his production turns around, it will be difficult to depend on him as a lineup option.
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