Collison may not be in a zone today
“That puts us at a disadvantage, obviously, if he can’t play,” Howland said. “He’s getting treatment with our trainer, so we’ll just have to wait and see. He could not lift his arm above his shoulder (Wednesday) morning.” Collison suffered a sprained AC joint in Wednesday’s 70-65 victory over USC, but Howland said it was not known when the injury was suffered. If Collison cannot play, freshman Russell Westbrook will start and leading scorer and off-guard Arron Afflalo will be the backup at the point. With this being a nonconference game, there could be a temptation to hold out Collison. “We’re going to see how it feels, but if he’s going to miss a game, it’s going to be this game as opposed to a Pac-10 game,” Howland said. Westbrook does not defend as well as Collison, but has shown the ability to attack a zone. MORGANTOWN, W. Va. UCLA point guard Darren Collison is quick enough to beat defenders off the dribble, a consistent enough shooter to make open jumpers and possesses the vision to pass the ball in traffic. And as Bruins coach Ben Howland puts it, Collison should be great against zone defenses, which continue to give UCLA lots of trouble. The next test comes today, when No. 2 UCLA meets zone-oriented West Virginia at the WVU Coliseum. But whether or not Collison can break it down is a big question mark. First, Collison seems to go in funks sometimes against zones. Second – and more importantly here – he is a game-time decision because of an injured left shoulder. He did not practice Thursday or Friday. “Some nights, we’ll execute and play well, and some nights we can’t seem to figure it out,” Afflalo said. “Right now, we have one guy who can consistently get (in the zone) and make plays, and that’s Darren. And Russell does a great job with his minutes, so maybe that’s a guy we need to utilize a little more.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!