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Pacers Darren Collison says he thinks he can play Thursday

Apr 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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Indiana has played Chicago tough. They’ve been in it. Now they head home for Game 3 Thursday night.

The question was would they be in it without Darren Collison, who sprained an ankle when he stepped back into the foot of a cameraman on the baseline last game.

Turns out they may not have to, according to a tweet from Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.

Collison said it’ll be a game time decision, but believes he’ll play tonight

Coach Frank Vogel was more cautious, because coaches are that way. But the Pacers need Collison — their backup choice of A.J. Price has shot a lower percentage, given out far fewer assists (11 to 2) and turned the ball over more than the steady Collison. Put simply, Collison has been good and his backups have not.

The Pacers do not have much if any margin for error here. They need Collison. That or Price or T.J. Ford have to have a monster game… yea, better to count on Collison.

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