Toronto Raptors swingman DeMarre Carroll missed Sunday’s ugly 96-76 loss to the Miami Heat with plantar fasciitis, and it’s unclear when Carroll will return to the court. The 29-year-old told Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun over the weekend that he’s got to be smart about listening to his body and not pushing the injury early in a long season:
“People don’t really know,” Carroll said, “but I’m just trying to give what I can to the team. I feel like me going out there and doing what I can to help this team and if that’s me at 70% then I’ll give them 70%. It might already be to the point where I have to start listening to my body.”
“I got to worry about 82, so I got to be smarter, but me just being who I am and being a competitor I just want to go out there and give my all to my teammates and give my all to the coaching staff.”
Carroll has struggled this year to the tune of 34.2 percent shooting overall and 33.3 percent from three. He admitted that the injury has affected his shooting numbers, and while his defense has still been pretty solid, his impact isn’t what it could be.
The Raptors would prefer Carroll take all the time he needs to get back to 100 percent, although the Heat game certainly wasn’t pretty without him. James Johnson had a nice game with seven points and seven rebounds, but he doesn’t provide the shooting Carroll does, which cramps spacing.
Meanwhile, youngster Terrence Ross, who just signed an extension, has put up goose eggs in two consecutive games and only has seven points over the last four games. That’s a huge disappointment and can’t continue if Carroll has to miss a few more games.