Just minutes ago, the Hawks announced that John Collins (sprained right ring finger / strained right foot) was out tonight. It makes sense after Collins missed last night’s game against the Pacers, and head coach Nate McMillan said it will be a game time decision for tonight’s game against the Trail Blazers.
Today the news got worse for the Hawks big man and his fans. First, a photo taken of Collins’ hand started circulating online, and it’s not pretty. Check out the tweet below, but don’t say I didn’t try to warn you.
This finger doesn’t look like it’s healed. In an article written by Chris Kirschner of AthleticismDr Deepak Chona, an orthopedic surgeon at Stanford University, called the injury a “buttonhole deformity”.
Later in the article, Dr Chona said: “It’s related to a sprain but involves the structures that hold the tendons in place, so essentially the person is struggling to straighten the middle joint of the finger. ”
I don’t want to divulge the whole article behind a paywall, but Dr. Chona describes the treatment of such an injury and says the estimated recovery time ranges from four to six weeks. However, there are many variables, such as whether Collins keeps trying to play or at least takes a short, fast track approach to recovery.
Now much of what happened in the past seven days makes more sense. Like when Collins went 0-9 against the Bucks last week. Then, after Friday night’s game, McMillan praised the tenacity of his number 20.
It’s a big deal not only for this season, but also for John Collins’ career. Hopefully the Atlanta Hawks give their power forward as much time as they need to fully recover from this nasty injury. Stay locked in to Sports Illustrated’s AllHawks.com for the latest news, highlights and analysis.
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