With Darren Collison nursing a strained right hip flexor, Ramon Sessions is receiving extended minutes and wants to make the most of the chance.
Sessions started his third consecutive game at point guard Tuesday night in the Kings’ 104-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls at United Center. He had three points and two assists in 21 minutes.
Sessions has been the subject of trade talk after starting the season slowly and then missing time because of a back injury.
The speculation doesn’t bother Sessions, who signed a two-year contract before the season. The trade deadline is Feb. 19.
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“For me, it seems I’m always brought up around the deadline,” Sessions said. “I just look at it as one of those things where another team wants me. I’ve been around a little bit. It’s a business and you can’t control what happens around the trade deadline if something is going to happen or not. I just take it day by day.”
Sessions said he doesn’t feel extra pressure to play better in place of Collison, who is having the best season of his career statistically.
Sessions hasn’t played as much as expected when healthy this season, with Collison getting most of the minutes at the point.
“I just try to run the team the best I can,” Sessions said. “Minutes have been up and down this year for me. It’s one of those things where you have to take advantage of every opportunity you get.
“You can’t dwell on minutes. Now that I’ve got a chance to play, I just have to go out there and take advantage of it.”
Coach Tyrone Corbin said his game plan doesn’t change with Sessions starting. He still wants to see aggressive play at point guard.
“Run the team,” Corbin said. “Take what’s there, get the ball down the floor quickly, read the play from there. Play the game. That’s all we ask from anybody.”
Sessions said even when playing time has been short or his name is discussed in trades, he keeps his chin up. He said that comes with being an NBA long shot out of Nevada.
“Being the 56th pick (in the 2007 draft by Milwaukee), I’m just blessed to be here,” Sessions said. “It’s one of those things where I look at it like that regardless of the situation.”
Unusual injury – Forward Derrick Williams missed Tuesday’s game because of an injury that came at an odd time and under odd circumstances.
Williams sprained his right ankle when he tripped over a television cord during pregame warmups. He said he didn’t see the cord on the court when he tried to make a cut, and his foot got caught on it.