Pacers G Collison out, could lose starting job

Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison will miss Thursday

night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a sore groin,

and his starting job is in jeopardy.

George Hill has been starting in Collison’s place and has

averaged 14.3 points and 5.0 assists during a six-game win streak.

Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Hill has done enough to remain the

starter, but he hasn’t decided who will get the nod if Collison

recovers.

Collison, who averages 10.6 points and 4.9 assists, played

briefly against Minnesota on Monday, but was inactive against

Philadelphia on Tuesday and is inactive against Milwaukee.

Vogel says he’s not sure Collison can become fully healthy

before the playoffs. He said the team needs both players to be

healthy to be at its best.