This article is part of our NBA Injury Analysis series.
Deciphering an injury report can often prove difficult in Fantasy basketball. Sometimes information provided by NBA teams can be a bit vague, forcing Fantasy owners to make important roster decisions based on limited or ambiguous reports. However, it is often easier to focus on what is actually being said and not what is left open-ended.
This week, we'll start in Atlanta with a second-year forward who's yet to take the floor this season:
In Atlanta, the Hawks continue to wait on the return of second year big man John Collins as he recovers from an ankle injury. The exact diagnosis has not been confirmed with each update simply stating Collins is recovering from inflammation and soreness in his left ankle. Unfortunately, both of these problems are not true injuries but are instead symptoms linked to an underlying cause. A more definitive timeline may be possible if the nature of the problem was classified as a sprain, strain, or bone-related issue.
Because that has not been revealed, Fantasy owner should look for other context clues in the regular information provided. Atlanta's most recent update states that Collins "has progressed to modified on-court drills and shooting routines." This means he is able to put weight on the affected area and is nearing the final phase of recovery. Atlanta also indicated that they hope Collins will be able to participate in "modified team practice in the coming week." This further strengthens the idea that the injury is improving and an end