Zach Collins Out with Stress Reaction in Ankle

The Portland Trail Blazers will be without second-year big man Zach Collins for at least another week, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. The 22-year-old has suffered a stress reaction in his left ankle.

A stress reaction can lead to a fracture if not managed carefully, so the Blazers will rest the four in hopes of stopping the problem before it gets worse.

Collins had become a reliable rotation piece for Portland after the hiatus. He missed the majority of the 2019-20 campaign before it, however, dealing with a shoulder injury suffered in October.

In eight bubble games, the seven-footer averaged 6.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Blazers will likely turn to Hassan Whiteside for an increased role so long as Collins remained sidelined. The center looked solid for Portland in their Game 1 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.