Despite having to carry on without Collins, the Hawks have clinched at least a spot in the play-in tournament but still hope to snag a spot in the playoffs.
“It’s certainly a challenge for the team,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said in mid-March. “You lose your second-best player, in the sense of stats, 17 points, eight, nine rebounds a game. ... John’s our spiritual leader, he brings a lot of energy. So that’s a big loss to us. But again, it’s part of the game, injuries like that, there are opportunities for some other guys to step in and play, and we’ve got to be ready to play.”