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Darren Collison says he’s feeling better after surgery

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and teammate forward Blake Griffin (32) meet with Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) following the Clippers 116-105 win on Wednesday night, March 18, 2015 in the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers at Sleep Train Arena.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and teammate forward Blake Griffin (32) meet with Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison (7) following the Clippers 116-105 win on Wednesday night, March 18, 2015 in the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers at Sleep Train Arena. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Kings point guard Darren Collison said he’s feeling healthier after surgery March 3 to repair a core muscle injury.

“Every time I do rehab, I feel a lot better,” he said Wednesday. “I’m doing some walking stuff and doing core exercises.”

Collison, who hasn’t played since getting hurt Feb. 5 against Dallas, said he’d never had an operation. He added the last injury that caused him to miss this much time was a knee injury during his junior year at UCLA.

Coach George Karl has said Collison’s speed makes him an ideal fit for the up-tempo style he prefers. Collison said he’s picked up on want Karl wants.

“It’s pretty simple,” Collison said. “He just wants us to attack, be aggressive and play our game.”

The initial diagnosis had Collison missing six weeks, meaning he would be available at the end of the season. But the Kings aren’t planning to rush him back for one or two games to end the season.

Collison said he didn’t know yet whether he could return this season.

Going big – With DeMarcus Cousins (strained right calf) out for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Sleep Train Arena, Karl started a bigger lineup.

The Clippers start a big lineup with Blake Griffin at power forward and DeAndre Jordan at center. Karl countered by re-inserting Jason Thompson in the starting lineup at power forward for Carl Landry, while Ryan Hollins started at center for Cousins. Reggie Evans was the first big man off the bench.

“Our big lineup has actually played better than our little lineup,” Karl said. “Reggie’s given us good, quality minutes.”

The other starters were Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum. It was the 15th different starting lineup the Kings have used this season. Gay was back after missing two games because of a strained left knee.

Still not welcome – Clippers reserve big man and former King Spencer Hawes still hears boos at Sleep Train Arena.

Fans haven’t forgotten his hope that the Kings would relocate to his hometown, Seattle, in 2013.

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