John Collins doubtful to play vs. Spurs on Tuesday
Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins is unlikely to suit up for Tuesday’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs due to load management concerns, the team announced via their injury report. The Hawks have officially entered the “load management” fray, even as just five games remain on their 2018-19 schedule before they officially enter the off-season, coming up well short of qualifying for a playoff spot.
John Collins (load management) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game in San Antonio.
— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) April 1, 2019
Collins is coming off a month of March in which he averaged 19 points and 9.8 rebounds in fewer than 30 minutes per night. As he’s unlikely to take the court, Atlanta is expected to be thin in the frontcourt when facing the Spurs, as Dewayne Dedmon, Omari Spellman, Miles Plumlee and Alex Poythress are all already ruled out, which would pave the way for either Isaac Humphries or Deyonta Davis to see an increased workload. Humphries recently signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks.
Atlanta views Collins as one of their cornerstones for the future, so with the league’s lax rules for resting players down the stretch of the season, it comes with little surprise that the Hawks would want to make sure he remains fresh and avoids injury before heading into the 2019-20 season when the team hopes that they’ll be playing meaningful basketball during April.
The Hawks have not won a regular-season game in San Antonio in over two decades, and as the Spurs push towards the postseason, while Atlanta limps into town, the odds certainly don’t appear to be in the Hawks’ corner.