Collison will play opener

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Darren Collison will play Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers despite having a bruised left kneecap but that wasn’t the reason Collison was smiling after shootaround.

Collison was with his wife, Keyosha, Monday as she gave birth to their first child, a baby boy named Kinston. Collison was still wearing his hospital wristband as he went through practice on Tuesday and said he would be with his wife in the hospital before driving to the game.

“It’s one of the best times in my life, probably not sleeping-wise, I didn’t get too much sleep,” Collison said. “I’ll be fine for the game.”

Collison said he was going to try to keep the wristband on for the game if the team and officials allowed.

“I want to,” Collison. “But I might have to take it off because [Chris Paul] said I just cut him with it. We’ll see.”

Collison said his knee isn’t 100 percent yet but it would not keep him from playing in the season opener.

“My knee is fine, it’s better,” Collison said. “I can tolerate the pain. It’s not fully where I need it to be but I’m running fine. There’s no limp. I’m ready to go. It’s go time.”