“I think he’ll be good to go,” Pierce said. “He went through all of shootaround, which was 45 minutes and he’s still getting some work. With two days off (for the holiday), he was in Florida, there wasn’t much for us to see, so it was important for us to see him.”
Collins is a welcome return as he’s had a double-double in eight of the past nine games.
The Hawks also are likely to get rookie forward Omari Spellman back Wednesday. He has missed the past eight games with right hip soreness. He is listed as probable after getting his first 5-on-5 court work Wednesday. Pierce said Spellman has been unable to get the final step to the final step of his return because the team was on the road and didn’t have enough players for a 5-on-5 scrimmage.
In other injury news:
*The Hawks are listing center Dewayne Dedmon (left shin contusion) and guard Jeremy Lin (low back pain) as probable against the Pacers.
*Center Alex Len (back strain) is listed as doubtful after he played 35 minutes against the Pistons. Pierce called the injury “concerning” and said he expected it to be an ongoing issue to deal with when Len plays significant minutes.
*Center Miles Plumlee (left knee pain) remains out although he has returned to some light court activity. Pierce said Plumlee is not close to a return.