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May 27, 2015 Updates

DeMarre Carroll was ineffective at both ends of the court in the series because the Hawks said he was playing on a sprained knee. In fact, the situation was worse than that. Carroll told the AJC he also developed turf toe so he could not put any pressure on his left leg or get any elevation. “That’s why I kept getting shots blocked,” he said. If the injuries had taken place during the regular season, Carroll said, he probably would have sat out three to four weeks. But surgery will not be necessary. Carroll will become an unrestricted free agent but left the door to a return to the Hawks, pending negotiations with them and other teams. Atlanta Journal Constitution

Carroll has a bit more elasticity in the marketplace, largely because he isn't a max player. There might not be a player in the league who drove up his price more than Carroll this season -- and postseason. League sources say that the high appraisal on Carroll is four years and $50 million, with the regular caveat these days (see above) that the combination of a league brimming with cap space and a salary-cap number one year away from an historic explosion could compel a single team to go even higher. ESPN.com

After the shellacking, Hawks players mulled over the full breadth of the season. One commonality in their reflections is that "this was only our second year together," as Jeff Teague said from the podium. "You can really say it was our first year because Al [Horford] didn't really play half of last year," DeMarre Carroll said down the hallway in front of his locker. ESPN.com

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May 26, 2015 Updates

As such, you can expect the Hawks to do everything possible to keep this group together this summer. That means re-signing Carroll and Millsap, who will both be coveted free agents. Carroll, a bargain at $2.4 million this season, could command $9-12 million a year on the open market, according to rival executives. Millsap, who made $9.5 million this season, might command $16 million or more. Depending on how it all unfolds, the Hawks could have the flexibility to add a $10 million player before using Bird rights to re-sign Carroll and Millsap, although market pressures could disrupt that. Bleacher Report

May 25, 2015 Updates

"Hey, man, you all do the math. Two plus two equals four, doesn't it?" said Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll. "Al just did what he thought was necessary to protect our team and make a stand. And he got thrown out." "Everybody understood we had to take a stand. We're out there to play basketball. We're out there to compete. But when we get to the sense of doing things unnecessary, that's when you have the play you seen." NBA.com

May 24, 2015 Updates

On why he’s playing: “I’ve been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life. But at the end of the day this game isn’t promised to you. So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it’s bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I’m gonna fight on one leg. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don’t care if I have to do it on one leg, I’ll hobble out there.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Hawks are two losses away from the offseason. They’re also four wins away from reaching the NBA finals, and as illogical as that scenario sounds — defeating LeBron James and Cleveland in four of the next five games after losing twice at home — they’re not in surrender mode, yet. “We don’t want to end the season like this,” DeMarre Carroll said before this morning’s shoot around. at Quicken Loans Arena. “But we’re only down 0-2. The media is going to make it bigger than it is. We’re just going to take it one game at a time and let the rest take care of itself.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

Carroll is playing with a badly sprained left knee but has no intentions to pull himself out of the lineup, despite suggestions from friends that he should look out for his future with free agency coming. I’m standing here,” he said when asked about his knee. “I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back.” On why he’s playing: “I’ve been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life. But at the end of the day this game isn’t promised to you. So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it’s bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I’m gonna fight on one leg. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don’t care if I have to do it on one leg, I’ll hobble out there.” Atlanta Journal Constitution

May 23, 2015 Updates

Through two games, Atlanta is shooting 42.9% from the field and 24.5% on three-pointers, lower than their regular-season numbers of 46.6% and 38%. Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll said the Hawks got away from their trademark ball-movement, where the rapid passes lead to open shots near the basket or on the perimeter, especially at the three-point line. "That's what we said at the end of the game, that we played too much isolation ball. We didn't play our team ball, and that's what really hurt us," Carroll said. "The biggest thing going into Game 3, we've got to look at film and get back to playing Atlanta Hawks basketball, because I think we didn't do that tonight." USA Today Sports

Sending double-teams at James left open shooters as the four-time MVP dished out a team-high 11 assists, eight of which led to three-pointers on a night the Cavs canned 12. "A lot of the time you find yourself open and a lot of guys cheating and you only got to tell this guy one time that somebody is sinking in too much and he'll find you," Shumpert said. "Him snapping that ball at you. There's energy in that ball when you get it. If he keeps driving it he keeps everybody coming at him and frees you up." Cleveland was 12-of-30 from distance, outscoring Atlanta by 18 points for the second straight game. "I think we've got to individually keep our man in front of us, especially myself," Carroll said. "They've got great three-point shooters. But at the end of the day, defense has to figure it out. That's Coach Bud's job and I think he will be ready." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 22, 2015 Updates

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