Demarre Carroll Day-To-Day After MRI Shows no Structural Damage
The Atlanta Hawks lost game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals and potentially their leading scorer in the Playoffs, Demarre Carroll. Carroll had to be helped off the field after a gruesome looking knee injury late in the game last night. Many feared he would be out for the series at least.
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However, an MRI taken today revealed only a bone bruise and no structural damage to Carroll’s knee. Carroll is listed as day-to-day and is questionable for game two.
This is great news for the Hawks and Carroll. The Hawks, of course, now have the possibility of one their best players returning as they attempt to come back in the series against Cleveland.
Demarre Carroll is also breathing a sigh of relief as he is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Carroll has gone from an end of the rotation player to one of the top small forwards in the NBA and is poised to cash in this off-season with a big contract. If he had suffered structural damager to his knee, such as an ACL tear, his negotiating leverage would have taken a hit as he likely would’ve missed some time next season, and teams are often hesitant to give out long contracts to players coming off serious knee injuries
Carroll’s salary for the 2014-15 season is $885,120.