Hawks forward John Collins reacts when Kent Bazemore hits a three pointer against the Utah Jazz during a 104-90 victory in a NBA basketball game on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
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Updated: John Collins likely to make season debut Saturday

Power forward has missed all season with ankle injury

Update: John Collins will be available for tonight’s game against the Pacers. It is undecided whether he will be in the starting lineup. Taurean Prince is out.

John Collins is expected to make his season debut Saturday after the Hawks power forward was upgraded to probable on the team’s injury report ahead of a game at the Pacers.

Collins has been out all season after he suffered left ankle soreness during the preseason. He received an injection early in the process and has continued rehabilitation.

Collins, entering his second season, is an expected starter. However, there was no immediate word whether he would be in the starting lineup against the Pacers or would be on a minutes restriction.

Getting Collins back is good news for the struggling Hawks (3-12), who have lost six consecutive and 10 of their past 11 games.

Collins appeared in 74 games as a rookie last season and averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

The Hawks will also have the return of center Dewayne Dedmon, who missed the past three games because of the birth of his son. He has rejoined the team.

Taurean Prince likely will miss his second consecutive game because of right Achilles pain. He is listed as doubtful.

The Hawks’ injury report also lists Alex Len (left ankle sprain) as probable and Justin Anderson (rehab from tibial stress syndrome, left leg) as out.

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