Not particularly on the legs for this first quarter of the season, John Collins will have to go through the infirmary: sprained left ankle, and Trae Young’s boyfriend will have to watch the Falcons from the bench for at least two weeks.
It’s sad to say, but not sure that this absence… doesn’t affect the Falcons that much.
However, Atlanta starts the season more than satisfactory, with 12 wins for 10 losses, which currently ranks 5th in the Eastern Conference. In particular, the Falcons were the first to triumph over the Bucks this season. If the Trae Young – Dejounte Murray duo works wonderfully, Collins brings less for the moment. The power forward, who was released with an injury during Wednesday night’s game in Orlando, has since had an MRI that revealed a sprained ankle.
John Collins of the Falcons is expected to miss at least two weeks due to his left ankle sprain, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. Collins suffered the injury on Wednesday night and tests today confirmed the sprain.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 2, 2022
With John Collins out for a minimum of two weeks, coach Nate McMillan will have to make a choice about who will take the Dunkin’ Deacon’s place in the starting lineup. The most likely pick could be Jalen Johnson, the Falcons’ sophomore who was selected with the 20th pick in the 2021 draft. However, the former Duke is playing just over 13 minutes per game this season and has not played in the last two contests. McMillan’s confidence could also turn to rookie AJ Griffin, also out of Duke and author of a strong start to his career, including a career-high 24 points in the win over the Bucks. The last option? Jarrett Culver, returned from beyond the grave, playing 30 minutes in the final game and grabbing 12 rebounds. But we give you, it’s less sexy when you think about it. John Collins played 22 games for the Falcons this season, averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds with great effort especially from distance (22% on 3-pointers). A clear regression compared to his actual level, as over the past four seasons Collins has averaged 18.5 points and 8.7 rebounds on 37.9% from the park. Two weeks to get your ankle back… and your head on straight?