After an intense Game 1 and a great performance, with 4:59 left to play, Hawks forward, DeMarre Carroll landed awkwardly on his left foot as he gathered the ball to elevate for a layup attempt.
By the way he landed and the pain showed in his face, everyone on the court thought the worst. Carroll couldn’t put pressure on the leg as he was helped off the floor. He looked seriously injured.
Carroll’s knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes left in the 97-89 loss to the Cavaliers. The fear was, he suffered a significant injury that could end his postseason.
The significant loss for the Hawks threats not only the teams performance, but it could dim the Playoffs excitement. Carroll is the team’s leading scorer in the Playoffs, averaging 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 13 postseason games this season.
Atlanta Hawks, were not the only team suffering during the Playoffs Game 1. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving also left the court early, sitting out the final 8 minutes of the Cavaliers win over Atlanta in the series opener.
Thankfully, it seems that Carroll’s injury is not as bad as Hawks feared. The Medical tests revealed that forward DeMarre Carroll had no structural or ligament damage.
Even though, both players are questionable for Playoffs Game 2, both teams are hopeful. As for NBA fans we all hope no more injures threat to spoil this 2015 NBA Finals.
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