According to Shams Charania of The Athletics, Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins could be ready to play Game 1 against the No. 1 Miami Heat on Sunday.
Collins has been out of action since March 11 with foot and finger injuries.
Collins’ return could be important for the Hawks, who will likely be without center Clint Capela for the entire Heat series.
After apparently playing in pain for several weeks, Collins was arrested on March 17, officially listed as indefinitely.
Collins was diagnosed with a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. While an x-ray came back negative, finger damage was reported.
“It’s obviously not perfect, to put it in the simplest sense,” Collins told The Athletic in March. “It’s obviously difficult to play basketball with that.”
Collins, 24, averaged 16.2 PPG and 7.8 rebounds in just over 30.8 minutes per game for the Hawks this season.
A first-round pick by Atlanta in 2017, Collins spent five seasons with the Hawks, averaging 16.5 PPG and 8.3 rebounds.