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Darren Collison diagnosed with hip flexor strain and is day to day

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As if the blowout loss wasn't enough, the Kings also lost starting Point Guard Darren Collison to an injury in the middle of Thursday's game against the Mavericks.  Collison suffered the injury late in the 2nd quarter on a breakaway and was not able to return to the game.

An MRI taken on Friday revealed Collison's injury to be a hip flexor strain.  The injury is not expected to cause Collison to miss much time, but he is doubtful for Saturday's game against Utah and will be day to day going forward.

Sacramento is 1-2 this season with Collison not playing.  Neither Ramon Sessions or Ray McCallum have proven to be viable alternatives at any point in this season, with the Kings suffering a big drop-off when Collison goes to the bench and is replaced by either of those two.

Collison is averaging a career-high 16.1 points on .473 FG% as well as 5.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game.