The Atlanta Hawks will miss one of their key players, John Collins, in their next game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Competent forwards miss because they participate in the concussion protocol.
@emoryhealthcare Injury report for tomorrow’s game vs Cleveland:
John Collins (Concussion Protocol): Out pic.twitter.com/yrC5CtMxW9
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) February 23, 2023
Collins has had a lackluster year after signing a massive contract extension last offseason. He averaged 13.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
The severity of the concussion is unknown, but the team has decided to miss Friday’s game against the Cavaliers as a precaution.
Losing Collins definitely hurts the Hawks’ chances of winning. A versatile player who can score from inside and outside the paint and rebound.
Despite this setback, the Hawks still have a strong roster and hope other players will step up in Collins’ absence. They’re playing and need to continue their strong performance if the Hawks want to win. Newly acquired forward Sadiq Bey will likely start in Collins’ place.
Injuries are part of any team’s season, and the Hawks will have to rely on their depth to overcome Collins’ absence.
The Hawks wish John Collins a speedy recovery and return to the lineup as soon as possible.
The Atlanta Hawks are a team to watch in the second half of the NBA season. After firing coach Nate McMillan, the team looks to improve. The Hawks are -150 to make the playoffs, according to the Georgia Sportsbook, and even in a tough Eastern his conference, the Hawks need to make the playoffs.