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Pacers’ lose Collison out 2-3 weeks for knee surgery

Point guard Darren Collison has played well for the Pacers this season. Victor Oladipo gets all the hype, but the Pacers have had solid players around their new star and Collison has been one of them — 12.3 points and 5.3 assists per game, hitting 43.3 percent from three.

Now the Pacers are going to have to get by without him until after the All-Star break. The team announced that Collison will “undergo left knee arthroscopic surgery Tuesday.”

Collison will be out 2-3 weeks, according to the team. This lines up well with the All-Star break so he can get some rehab and be back after the break.

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Collison is a very good pick-and-roll ball handler who can get his own shot or set up others. He’s been strong in transition, as well. Those two make up most of his shot attempts, but he’s also an excellent spot up shooter and a solid defender. He’s going to be missed.

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.”

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.

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