Woj: Hawks' John Collins Entered in NBA's COVID Protocols After Loss to Knicks in NY

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 26, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: John Collins #20 of the Atlanta Hawks dribbles the ball during the game against the New York Knicks on December 25, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Hawks placed forwards John Collins and Jalen Johnson in health and safety protocols following Saturday's loss to the New York Knicks.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported 10 Hawks players are now in protocols.

Atlanta played Saturday with a bare-bones roster that had Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari, among others, all out of the lineup. The Hawks stood little chance of putting forth any offensive effort in their 101-87 loss to the Knicks.

It's unclear whether the Hawks will have the eight players required to play in Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls, who are themselves coming off a massive outbreak that led to two postponements and another game pushed back because of an outbreak on the Toronto Raptors.

Wojnarowski reported the Hawks plan to sign Chaundee Brown to a 10-day hardship contract. 

Collins is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds this season, his first in a five-year, $125 million pact he signed in August. Johnson was the Hawks' first-round pick this season out of Duke but has gotten minimal playing time.