The Pacers heard some bad news hours before playing the Wizards on Monday when it was determined that starting point guard Darren Collison would need arthroscopic surgery to clean up lingering discomfort in his left knee.
The prognosis for return is 2-3 weeks which makes the timing palatable since it includes the extended All-Star break. With Victor Oladipo also out on Monday, Nate McMillan turns to his reserve backcourt of Cory Joesph and Lance Stephenson to fill in for the starting backcourt, but McMillan left his options opened when Oladipo returns to the lineup.
“We want a balance and we’ll look at what we’ll do with the starting lineup,” McMillan said. “I like Cory and Lance coming off the bench. We’ve used Cory in a number of different ways coming off the bench. Once Victor is back, we’ll look at the game we are playing and trying to get the balance with both groups.”
Sounds like McMillan will consider starting CoJo or Lance if the matchup is right, but will also consider using Joe Young as he did against Phoenix when Collison sat out.
Collison’s issues surfaced after he bumped his knee against Philly on Saturday and complained about the soreness after last game. Ultimately, a MRI on Monday morning revealed the need for surgery.
The hope is Collison will miss the remaining five games before the All-Star break and then return on Feb. 23 when the Pacers host Atlanta. That will be two weeks and three days after surgery on Tuesday.