The Hawks are cruising, winners of four straight, and are now a game clear of the Hornets and Heat for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. And the best part about it? They are not even close to fully healthy. Kris Dunn is nearing a return, and two other Hawks — De’Andre Hunter and John Collins — could follow in his footsteps.
Yesterday, Nate McMillan said that Hunter might be able to return to the team soon, and Collins is not too far behind him. However, he did say both would be out for at least the next few games and did not give a timetable for their return.
Nate McMillan said John Collins and De’Andre Hunter are going to be out for a few more games. He also said Collins is “probably a little further out” than Hunter when it comes to returning to the court.
No specific timetable though for when they might be back in games.
— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) April 6, 2021
The good news is the Hawks have started to create a little bit of cushion between them and the bottom seeds in the Eastern Conference, so they can make sure Hunter and Collins are 100% before coming back.
Prior to their respective injuries, the two were options 1A and 1B behind Trae Young. Collins has long been the Robin to Young’s Batman, but Hunter has stepped up in his second season, averaging over 17 points and 5 rebounds on 51.6% shooting from the field before his initial injury.
The scary part about this Hawks team is they are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA, and they have yet to even play a game with the entire squad healthy. Once Collins and Hunter return, this isn’t going to be a team anybody wants to face in the playoffs. Atlanta has 10 guys that can go off for 20 points on any given night; that kind of depth will play just fine come the postseason.