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No Structural Damage to DeMarre Carroll’s Knee

When Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll crashed down in a heap in the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, most people feared the worst. Carroll was helped off the floor with what looked a serious knee injury, but it turns out that the injury isn’t so serious:

Here’s more on the injury:

This is certainly great news for the Hawks, who couldn’t afford to lose Carroll with ace wing defender Thabo Sefolosha already out:

Carroll isn’t just Atlanta’s best option to guard LeBron James, but the soon-to-be free agent has also been dynamite offensively in the playoffs. Carroll struggled against the Cavaliers in Game 1, but he’s still averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent overall and 42.6 percent from three in the postseason. Those 16.2 points per game has him tied with Jeff Teague for best on the team.

The fact that this injury isn’t serious is also great news for Carroll’s free-agent prospects. He’s in line for a big raise, and a devastating knee injury like an ACL tear could have cost him some money.

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