Collins tallied 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and a blocked shot across 22 minutes in Wednesday's 116-89 win over the Grizzlies.
Replacing Jusuf Nurkuc is no easy task, and Enes Kanter can't do it all by himself, so one should expect Collins to be a key contributor with the second unit as Portland heads into postseason play. Collins would have been a lock to take over, but the acquisition of Kanter has added the kind of experience Portland needs to stay relevant in the playoffs. The second-year Gonzaga product will still play a significant role, as his 7-0 frame and perimeter shooting will continue to be a great asset.
Collins totaled 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes during Monday's 148-144 victory over the Nets.
Collins played just 15 minutes in the double-overtime victory but the real story here was the season-ending injury to Jusuf Nurkic (leg). With Nurkic sidelined, both Collins and Enes Kanter are likely to see increased roles moving forward. Their exact role could fluctuate depending on the opponent and the team's needs. Kanter is a superior offensive player and is one the best offensive rebounders in the league. Collins, on the other hand, is able to stretch the floor and provides superior defense. Both players are worth a speculative pickup to see what happens.
Collins collected 12 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in 23 minutes during Friday's 122-110 win over the Pelicans.
Collins reached double figures in scoring for the first time since Jan. 30 while earning at least 20 minutes for the first time since Feb. 13. The recent addition of Enes Kanter has resulted in reduced playing time for Collins lately, but the young big is simply capable of at least a couple things Kanter struggles with (outside shooting and perimeter defense). It's clear that coach Terry Stotts is trying to keep Collins involved, but the 21-year-old sophomore is likely to continue contributing fairly minimally on most nights.
Collins scored four points (2-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and added an assist in three minutes during Saturday's win over Philadelphia.
Collins followed up Thursday's absence with a three minute outing Saturday. He appears to have been replaced in the rotation by Enes Kanter, who's seen 20 minutes in each game he's played in for Portland. Collins is in just his second year in the league and has flashed upside with his ability to defend and space the floor. It's unclear if he'll be moved to the G-League to continue to develop or if he'll see a boost in run in certain matchups as the season draws on, but either way, his lack of run in the last two games is a concerning turn of events for Collins.
Collins totaled four points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, and three blocks in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 129-107 victory over the Warriors.
Collins was limited to just four points in 22 minutes Wednesday, continuing his poor form of late. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the day was the Trail Blazers signed Enes Kanter which could have an impact on Collins playing time moving forward. Kanter would be the obvious choice to assume the backup role behind Jusuf Nurkic which would likely make Collins irrelevant outside if the deepest of formats.
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