Rare to have a player that has an all around game as DeMarre Carroll does for the Hawks. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals agains the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carroll drove hard to the basket and came down awkwardly on his left knee. According to multiple reports, Carroll has been diagnosed with a hyperextension of the left knee. Thankfully, there was no structural or ligament damage to his knee and he has been listed as day-to-day. No word as of now if Carroll is a go for Game 2 of the Eastern Finals Friday night.
This injury could possibly hand the Cavs the series and unfortunately for Hawk fans, could even be a sweep. Not only is Carroll a great offensive player from post up play and getting to the basket, he is also their best perimeter defender. Carroll is that important to the Hawks. Let’s say he does continue to play in Game 2, the Cavs will go after him like a shark that smells blood in the sea. The best choice if Carroll is out would be Paul Millsap. Millsap took over Carroll job after he left the game. The Hawks bench will have to step up to the plate and hit a grand slam in the series. One bench player, Kent Bazemore gave the Hawks and fans energy after his dunk that could heard all the way around Philips arena. Bazemore score 16-points in 16 minutes of play, he would need to bring that same energy to Game 2.