October 29, 2017, 12:13 pm
A bone bruise will keep Ersan Ilyasova out of the Hawks lineup for at least a week and possibly more.
The Hawks will need to fill 24 minutes per game, and the hope here is they incorporate John Collins more at the power forward. Playing almost exclusively at center Collins has been a terror on the glass, averaging 13.6 rebounds per 36 minutes. He has upside in traditional big man stats. Mike Muscala also gets a short term bump and he can provide a well rounded line if his minutes creep into the mid-high 20s. Expect Ilyasova to retain minutes in the 20s upon his return.