Hawks forward Collins out at least one week with sprained ankle

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento. (Hector Amezcua/AP)

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins will be out at least a week with a sprained left ankle, another blow to the injury-plagued team.

Collins was injured during Tuesday night’s loss at Phoenix. He underwent an MRI that showed a lateral ankle sprain and associated bone bruise.

Collins has started low-level rehabilitation activities and will be reviewed in a week, ruling him out for at least five games. The team had two more games on its longest road trip of the season before a four-game homestand.

The Hawks have dealt with a rash of injuries that have sidelined key players such as De’Andre Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovich and Cam Reddish for significant periods.

Now it’s the 6-foot-9 Collins, who is averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 38% from 3-point range.

Reddish hasn’t played since Feb. 21 because of right Achilles soreness. While he has increased his lower limb weight room work and intends to add limited low-level impact work, the team said he is at least two weeks away from returning.

The Hawks were playing at San Antonio on Thursday night.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.