CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 18: Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers lays on the floor after injuring his ankle shooting against the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pacers' Darren Collison Sprains Ankle In Game 2 Against Bulls, Listed As Day-To-Day

Guard Darren Collison left Game 2 of the Indiana Pacers' playoff series against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained left ankle and he will not return to the game.

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Darren Collison Injury Dampens Pacers' Already Slim Hopes Against Bulls

It goes without saying that when a No. 8 seed loses one of its best players early in a first round NBA Playoffs series, it will hurt. Darren Collison left in the second quarter of Game 2 of the Indiana Pacers' upset bid against the Chicago Bulls after spraining his ankle after stepping on a baseline cameraman. The Pacers had a nine-point lead at the time; Chicago ended up winning by six as Indiana fell into turnover trouble and a down-tempo offense with Collison out.

According to data from NBA.com's Statscube tool, the Pacers have been excellent in this series when Collison is on the court. In 49 minutes with Collison on the court, the Pacers have a +6.9 efficiency differential, with a strong 109 offensive rating and very good 102 defensive rating. In 47 minutes with Collison on the bench (or in the locker room, as it were), the Pacers have an efficiency differential of -16.7. That's obviously a massive swing.

While the numbers are very obviously subject to sample size issues, note that most of Collison's minutes -- 117 of 128 -- have come with Rose also on the floor. It isn't as if the Pacers are fattening up against a Bulls B-team lineup when Collison's on the floor.

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Darren Collison Injury Leaves Pacers' Point Guard Listed As Day-To-Day

Darren Collison is listed as day-to-day after spraining his ankle in the second quarter of the Indiana Pacers' Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Collison stepped on a cameraman on the baseline after hitting a fast break layup; he collapsed to the ground immediately and hopped to the locker room. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that Collison attempted to jog on the ankle after halftime in an attempt to get back in the game, but it was too painful.

Collison had eight points and two assists when he left the game. A.J. Price immediately became the team's lead point guard, but quickly crumbled as the Bulls capitalized on the youngster's sloppiness (five turnovers in less than 25 minutes) to erase Indiana's nine-point lead. T.J. Ford also slipped back into action, earning eight minutes of burn and hitting an improbable 60-foot bank shot at the third quarter buzzer to tie the game.

If Collison can't go in Game 3 in Indiana on Thursday, Price will likely get the start, with Ford coming off the bench. For more on the Pacers, visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana.

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Pacers' Darren Collison Sprains Ankle In Game 2 Against Bulls

Guard Darren Collison left Game 2 of the Indiana Pacers' playoff series against the Chicago Bulls with a sprained left ankle and he will not return to the game.

Collison was injured going up for a layup late in the second quarter. As he came down, he rolled the ankle landing on a cameraman.

He tried to run on the court before the start of second half but was in obvious distress. Collison tried to test the ankle at the half but the team said he would not play in the second half.

Collison had scored 8 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in 15 minutes of action before leaving the game. A.J. Price has played more minutes in his absence.

For more on Collison's injury and on the series, Chicago fans should check out Blog A Bull and SB Nation Chicago while Indiana fans should visit Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana.

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