Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it’s looking like Carroll won’t play because of a left knee sprain, according to Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Carroll suffered what appeared to be a devastating knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Hawks’ 97-89 Game 1 loss on Wednesday, but luckily there was no structural damage to the knee. He was at Friday’s shootaround with a knee brace, but he moved around gingerly.
If Carroll sits out, Kent Bazemore would likely get the start and the assignment of LeBron James. Bazemore played pretty well in Game 1, but he has struggled throughout the playoffs and is a clear downgrade from Carroll, who has enjoyed himself one heck of a postseason.
Carroll’s outstanding play throughout the year and especially in the playoffs has him in line for a huge raise. The Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons are said to have interest in free agency this offseason, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, and there’s some belief that the forward will fetch a contract worth $15 million annually in the summer.