Collins' size a key in Hawks' matchup against Giannis, Bucks

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — John Collins is set to play a key role for the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals. The Hawks need Collins' size and athleticism in the difficult matchup against Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

In a physical matchup with Philadelphia, in which it seemed the 76ers tried to bully Collins and the Hawks, he helped posted three double-doubles in the last four games of the conference semifinal series. Collins had 14 points, 16 rebounds, Atlanta's only blocked shot and a steal in the 103-96 Game 7.

An Eastern Conference title and a shot at an NBA championship aren't the only things in play for Collins; he will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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