Collins had 12 points (5-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 125-108 victory over Golden State. Like Ed Davis, Collins saw some extra run against the small ball of the Warriors. Starter Jusuf Nurkic only played 20 minutes and while he did manage a double-double, he was far from impressive. Collins gives the Blazers the ability to stretch the floor, something Nurkic cannot do. While he does not hold any real fantasy value at this stage, the situation is worth keeping an eye on, especially if Nurkic put together a string of poor performances.
Collins generated 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 28 minutes in Saturday's 108-100 win over the Thunder. The 2017 first-round pick's scoring surge was rather unexpected, as he hadn't tallied a double-digit point total since Dec. 23. Collins drained multiple threes for the second time in the last three contests, and he's now hauled in between four and six boards in four of the past five games. Those numbers afford him some modest fantasy value in very deep formats, but until the rookie can start displaying much more efficiency on the offensive end, he retains minimal appeal.
Collins, who suffered a lip laceration earlier in Sunday's game against the Celtics, has been cleared to return to the contest, NBC Sports Northwest reports. Collins took an elbow to the face earlier Sunday that resulted in him sustaining the cut, but the rookie center is apparently good to go after being looked at by the Trail Blazers' training staff. With single-digit points and rebounds in each of his prior 19 games, Collins is well removed from the fantasy radar in most settings.
Collins, with Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) returning to the starting lineup, will head back to the bench for Friday's game against the Magic, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports. Collins drew his first career start Wednesday, posting nine points, three rebounds and a block across 21 minutes of action. With Nurkic back, however, he'll likely go back to his usual role.
Collins will start Wednesday's game against Miami, Blazers reporter Casey Haldahl reports. With Jusuf Nurkic still out of action, the Blazers will pivot away from Meyers Leonard, who's battling an illness, and give Collins his first NBA start. The rookie out of Gonzaga played 25 minutes off the bench Tuesday against the Warriors, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals.
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