Collins is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Nuggets, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
It is unclear if Collins will be on any sort of restrictions if he does manage to take the court on Thursday, although it is still unlikely he plays. The second-year big man has missed the entirety of the season with left ankle inflammation but appears to be nearing a return at some point within the next week. If he's unable to go on Thursday, his net opportunity would be Saturday against the Clippers.
Collins (ankle) said Thursday that he hopes to return within the "next couple of games," Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports. "I don't have a specific date in mind," Collins said. "With the stuff I've been doing in the past couple of days, the progression has been very good. The training staff and everyone likes the way I'm moving. I'm just hoping things can continue to go the way they are going and I can make a return in the next couple of games, but you never know."
Collins is yet to play this season as he works back from an ankle injury, but he was cleared for modified, on-court drills earlier in the week and will travel with the Hawks on their upcoming road trip, which begins Sunday in Los Angeles and concludes the following Saturday in Indianapolis. It's possible that Collins could return at some point during the trip, though the Hawks likely won't have much time to practice over the next several weeks. Beginning Friday, Atlanta doesn't have consecutive days off until Dec. 9 and 10.
The Hawks issued a statement Monday which revealed that Collins underwent an imaging scan on Nov. 2. Per the team: "The results show continued progression in his rehabilitation from mild inflammation and soreness in his left ankle. He has progressed to modified on-court drills and shooting routines with the goal of integrating him into modified team practice in the coming week. His status will be updated as appropriate." The lack of a firm timeline is certainly discouraging for fantasy owners who hoped to get Collins back in the mix as soon as possible, but the fact that he could return to practice within a week, even in limited capacity, is a step in the right direction. Either way, it seems likely at this point that Collins' absence will extend into mid-to-late November. The 2017 first-round pick is yet to take the court this season.
Collins (ankle) was reevaluated Monday and will remain out indefinitely, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Collins is yet to appear in a game this season as he continues to nurse a left ankle injury. The hope was that Monday's evaluation would yield a more concrete timetable, but sources close to the team indicated that Collins' return is "not imminent," suggesting he could miss "several more games." At this point, it feels safe to rule Collins out for at least the upcoming week, which includes four games, and it wouldn't be a surprise if his absence extends beyond that.
It was fully expected that Collins would be in line for a multi-game absence after a recent checkup didn't yield favorable results, so this latest report just confirms that the second-year big man will be sidelined through the first week of November. Even if Collins is cleared for on-court work immediately upon being re-evaluated, he could miss additional time beyond the next six games while he gets his conditioning in order. Collins' continued absence could keep extra minutes open for the likes of Alex Len, Vince Carter, Omari Spellman, Alex Poythress and Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), who is set to make his season debut Wednesday against the Mavericks.
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