DeMarre Carroll left the court with a hobbling knee during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. His side, Atlanta Hawks, conceded the game on home-court. Carroll sustained his injury in the final quarter.
On Thursday, there was some good news for the Hawks, as MRI reports reveal that there is no structural damage in Carroll’s left knee. The x-ray also displayed negative results; the Atlanta forward only has a sprained knee, according to team sources.
Though there are question marks over whether the 29-year-old can hit the court against the Cavs at home on Friday for Game 2.
“We’re very hopeful,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Sometimes you tend to think it can be the worst. Right now everything we’re getting back is positive. We’ll monitor it the next 24 hours and hope for the best. It’s important to us, obviously.”
Though the Hawks’ coach clarified that it’s too early to predict whether he would let Carroll play in game 2.
“We’ll see how things go in the next 24 hours, and we’ll make a decision what’s in DeMarre’s short-term and long-term best interests,” he said. “Listen to the doctors and listen to DeMarre, and make decisions.”
The Atlanta forward has been a leading scorer for his side in this season’s playoff, though he suffered a non-contact injury with 4:59 minutes remaining in the final quarter of game 1. After receiving the news of the reports, a relieved Carroll wrote “THANK YOU GOD” in the caption of his Instagram post.