The Atlanta Hawks (41-37) have been without forward John Collins since their Mar 11 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

They have now gone 9-3 in that span, including their current five-game win streak,

thanks to their 122-115 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Atlanta moved into sole possession of the eighth seed with the victory.

They got big games of different kinds from Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic to come away with another win to block being swept by an Eastern Conference foe.

This run has done well to mask Collins’ absence. With word coming via head coach Nate McMillan

The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner that there was no update on Collins,questions about shutting him down for the season grew louder.

 In many ways, that is still true in this case with Collins’ finger still splinted 

and him having yet to begin running or jumping. At least he has not suffered any reported setbacks.

The prognosis for his return to action has always included a lot of resting

on both the finger and the torn plantar fascia ligament in his foot.

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