Hawks’ Collins out 2-3 weeks with shoulder injury

Hawks forward John Collins clearly is an important young piece for the franchise moving forward.

Atlanta Hawks rookie power forward John Collins has a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and is expected to miss the next two-to-three weeks, according to a report by The Vertical.

Collins suffered the injury Thursday night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers and was forced to exit the game.

The Hawks selected Collins 19th overall in the 2017 draft and he’s been a pleasant surprise. The 6-foot-10 big man is averaging 11.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games while shooting an efficient 59.2 percent from the field.

Collins’ injury comes at a bad time for the Hawks, who lost center Dewayne Dedmon to a left tibia stress reaction. Dedmon will miss roughly six weeks.

Atlanta has the second worst record in the Eastern Conference at 4-17.