The Hawks will be without John Collins for Wednesday’s home opener and beyond as the power forward deals with an ankle injury. Collins will miss several more weeks with a return date that is likely in early November, according to a person familiar with the situation. He would miss nine more games with a return likely in the second week of November.
Collins has not yet returned to on-court activity and will need to work his way back into playing shape before a return is possible.
Collins missed the first three games of the regular season due to the injury to his left ankle. He underwent an MRI exam and a non-surgical procedure, described as an injection, on Oct. 2 after experiencing mild inflammation and soreness before the start of the regular season. He appeared in one and a half exhibition games.
The second-year player and likely starter, was said to be on track in his recovery following a recent visit to a physician. Collins will be re-evaluated by Hawks’ staff on Tuesday.
The Hawks’ home opener against the Mavericks
Last season, Collins was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.