Apr 1, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets in the third quarter at the Toyota Center. The Pacers defeated the Rockets 104-102 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison missed his first start of the season on Monday night against the Toronto Raptors after aggravating a nagging groin injury against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night. George Hill stepped in a did a nice job in relief as did A.J. Price coming off the bench to play his first meaningful minutes since Leandro Barbosa joined the team at the trade deadline.
Coach Frank Vogel didn't sound too concerned with D.C. following the game, saying he is officially day-to-day and that he "thinks he'll be O.K. to play on Wednesday" in Cleveland but the team will have to assess his status closer to game time.
The Pacers had another injury scare in the second quarter when Roy Hibbert went to the ground and came up limping. After making it to the bench he then needed the help of two people to limp back to the locker room to check things out. Hibbert didn't join the rest of his teammates when they returned to the court after the half, but did make it out in time to start the second half and finish the game. He even took a few more hits and tumbles to the floor in the second half with no more issues.
The Pacers have dodged injury issues all year, save for Jeff Foster, so hopefully they can maintain that health now that things are really getting interesting.