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Hawks' John Collins Out at Least 1 Week; Ankle Injury Diagnosed as Sprain

Adam WellsApril 1, 2021

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass

The Atlanta Hawks will be without star forward John Collins for at least one week because of an ankle injury. 

Per an announcement from the team, Collins was diagnosed with a lateral ankle sprain and bone bruise after leaving Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. 

Collins was removed from the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury. 

Interim head coach Nate McMillan told reporters that Collins stepped on another player's foot and twisted his ankle. 

β€œIt was pretty sore and I saw him grimacing out there, so we got a sub for him and was told at halftime that he wasn’t able to come back,” McMillan said after the Hawks' 117-110 loss.

Collins has started all 47 games for the Hawks so far this season. He hasn't missed a game since Jan. 4, 2020, a streak of 78 games. 

Atlanta is currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 23-24 record. It only trails the Charlotte Hornets by 1.5 games for the top spot in the Southeast Division. 

Collins ranks second on the Hawks with 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. He's also shooting 38 percent from three-point range on 3.4 attempts per contest. 

The Hawks are scheduled to play five games over the next seven days.