Dallas Mavericks

Will Collison have extra fuel in his tank tonight

DALLAS – Darren Collison took a lot of heat, behind the scenes, for the way he played during his brief tenure with the Dallas Mavericks.

In his only year with the Mavs during the 2012-13 season, Collison averaged 12 points and 5.1 assists in 29.3 minutes per game. But after the season, instead of signing Collison during free agency, the Mavs went out and signed Jose Calderon.

After a year with the Los Angeles Clippers, Collison is now the starting point guard for the Sacramento Kings. A much improved Kings squad that will play the Mavs tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.

Will there be any extra fuel in Collison’s tank tonight.

"He’s a good player, I enjoyed him, I enjoyed having him here,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said of Collsion. "I thought he did a great job for us, and he’s gotten better each year.

"So I think he plays hard no matter what.’’

Collison is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 assists for the Kings, who are off to a 5-2 start.

"He’s playing real well, he really has played well last year and this year,’’ Carlisle said. "I consider him to be one of the real keys to the team along with (DeMarcus) Cousins and (Rudy) Gay, because he has the ball and he’s the guy that motors it around.

"He’s driving it real well. He hasn’t shot the three well yet, but it’s one of those things where he’s due, and if we give him open looks he’s going to knock them in, so we’ve got to keep him in front of us.’’