Brian Lewis: DeMarre Carroll is available tonight vs #Hawks. #Nets
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Anthony Puccio: DeMarre Carroll (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow’s game at Atlanta. #Nets
Both Joe Harris and Caris LeVert said DeMarre Carroll’s injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared, with a source close to the forward telling The Post that he was day to day after what they presumed was merely a sprain.
“We think he just sprained his knee a bit. He had an MRI [Monday], and we’re just waiting for the MRI results,” the source said. “So far he’s responded well. We think it’s just a sprain. There’s a little discomfort he has to work through and get that swelling down.”
Tom Lorenzo: DeMarre Carroll is Out tomorrow vs Raptors. LeVert is probable.
Carroll was diagnosed with a left knee injury, and Nets officials said he is scheduled to undergo further examination on Sunday before another update on his condition is available. He had a history of knee problems the past two seasons in Toronto. Asked how the Nets might cope with the loss of Carroll and his veteran leadership for an extended period, forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson just grimaced and said, “Next man up.”
Fred Kerber: DeMarre Carroll (rib) playing for #BrooklynNets Caris LeVert (groin) is out
Tom Lorenzo: Nets injury report for tomorrow vs Wolves: DeMarre Carroll (sore rib) is questionable. Caris LeVert (left groin strain) is doubtful.
Brian Lewis: DeMarre Carroll will be available tonight vs the #Suns. #Nets
Tom Lorenzo: DeMarre Carroll (right ankle soreness) is QUESTIONABLE tomorrow vs. Denver. Acy (left groin strain) is OUT.
Eric Smith: Carroll will play and start tonight #rtz
Michael Grange: DeMarre Carroll (ankle) will start tonight vs. OKC.
Chuck Cooperstein: TOR also will play without DeMarre Carroll (ankle). Norman Powell starts @1033fmESPN
Doug Smith: Late Raptor roster news: Carroll cannot go due to sore left ankle, Norm Powell starts in his place
Josh Lewenberg: Carroll (ankle) is listed as questionable for tmrw. Doesnt seem like a long-term thing but doubt he plays vs NOLA. Hasnt practiced this week
Carroll was unable to take part in Monday’s practice but he’s cautiously optimistic he’ll be able to take the floor with the team Wednesday in New Orleans. “It’s better,” Carroll said. “I’m taking it day by day. But I can walk on it so that’s a positive.”
Ryan Wolstat: Looks like Carroll turned his ankle. In a lot of pain.
DeMarre Carroll: “First playoff game we lost, with me playing 18-20 min. I was so disappointed with myself and was questioning whether or not I made the right decision of coming back and playing even though I knew…. I’m not healthy. Eventually, I got text from my teammates who expressed….we need you to start. We don’t care how healthy you are. We want you to start because you are valuable to our team 100 percent or not. Those calls gave me the confidence and helped me mentally in so many ways. I got the start and we won next 2 games. We went on to win the series but I was hit with nagging injuries every game.”
Injuries cut into his effectiveness in a big way. And while we heard about most of them, there were a slew in the playoffs we had no idea about until Saturday’s exit interviews with the media. Turns out the plantar fasciitis and knee injury during the regular season that cost him 54 games in total were just the beginning.
In the playoffs the injury bug just kept on biting the prized off-season free agent signing. “My elbow this series it got hyper extended, a lot of swelling in the joint, but first it was my elbow, then it was my wrist, then I had a hip pointer and then I twisted my ankle but the training staff did a good job,” Carroll said.
“I probably was at the best maybe 70-75% at the best,” he said. “That’s what I felt. A lot of times I knew that my body wasn’t (right) and me not playing the whole season my body didn’t get the strength that it needed, especially my knees, so I think the biggest thing this offseason I gotta get healthy. Whatever it takes, I gotta get healthy so I can play at 100%.”
Ira Winderman: Casey said he expects DeMarre Carroll to play, and that if Carroll plays, he will start.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors say the tests done on DeMarre Carroll’s left wrist came back negative. He’s questionable for Friday’s Game 6.
Ethan J. Skolnick: DeMar DeRozan on his thumb: “It just feels like a blowtorch on my hand.”
With eight games remaining in the regular season, DeMarre Carroll is hoping to make his return to the court before the postseason begins. After a week of speculation about his recovery, Carroll wanted to speak with the media prior to Toronto’s game against the Atlanta Hawks to provide an update on his health. “I understand there’s been a lot of speculation, a lot of assumptions with what’s going on with my knee,” Carroll said. “The matter of fact is, basically Masai [Ujiri], Dr. Paul Marks, Alex [McKechnie], my agent, Mark Bartelstein, and myself have been working closely trying to figure out what the best time is for me to come back. The Raptors have been a good job of allowing me that time. I see reports where it says I’m out. That’s all speculating.”
After nearly three months away from game action, Carroll knows he will need time to get back to game shape. Still, he’s confident he’ll be able to help the team when he returns. “I can go out there and play defence, I don’t even have to make a shot,” he said. “I can impact the game defensively for this team and don’t have to take a shot. You have other guys, guys who we depend on to score like DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. I’ve just got to go out there and play defence. After playing in the Eastern Conference Final with Atlanta I understand what it takes and what role I need to play.”
Josh Lewenberg: Injured forward DeMarre Carroll is targeting a late-March return to the Raptors lineup, could be back in 2 weeks, sources tell @TSN_Sports
DeMarre Carroll, who has been out for over two months following knee surgery, is expecting to rejoin the Raptors’ lineup within the next two weeks, sources told TSN. After visiting his surgeon in New York for a follow-up appointment last week, the injured forward continues to progress in his recovery and is targeting a late-March return, although the team is not as optimistic. The Raptors are being cautious, prioritizing the long-term health of their starting small forward and $60-million, off-season signing. They’ve slowly ramped up his on-court activity over the past two weeks, as he’s been able to participate in some light shooting, conditioning and one-on-one drills with coaches after practices and before games.
The Raptors are hoping to get some good news Thursday, as injured forward DeMarre Carroll seeks clearance from the doctor who performed arthroscopic surgery on his right knee over two months ago, sources tell TSN. Carroll travelled to New York City for the follow-up appointment Thursday morning and, assuming he’s cleared for contact, could resume practising over the coming days.
Over the last week Carroll has ramped up his on-court work after practices, participating in some light shooting, conditioning and one-on-one drills with coaches and some of his teammates. With five weeks left in the regular season, the Raptors will continue to be cautious with their starting small forward. After sitting out for so long, unable to do much cardio during that time, Carroll will likely need a few practices under his belt before being reinserted into the lineup.
Ryan Wolstat: Official word on DeMarre Carroll in NYC is “surgical follow-ups.” Nice job by @Josh Lewenberg with the scoopage on return edging closer.
Ryan Wolstat: DeMarre Carroll has progressed to one-on-one work at practice. Driving to basket
Michael Grange: Word on Carroll is knee is recovering according to plan; no set backs. Still weeks away tho. twitter.com/ProImageJersey…
No one knows what happens next. Early indications are that there were no surprises found in the procedure and there’s some internal optimism that Carroll will be available to return in advance of the playoffs. If he’s out for eight weeks that would still give him six weeks to get up to speed and the Raptors to acclimatize themselves to a player who was supposed to be part of the foundation but so far has only been a shadow of himself.
Bruce Arthur: As I just told @HayesTSN, I’m hearing an initial estimate of 6-8 weeks on DeMarre Carroll, but it’s still early.
Mike Mazzeo: Also hearing hopeful estimate of 6-8 weeks on #Raptors F DeMarre Carroll’s absence due to knee surgery, as @Bruce Arthur said.
Michael Grange: I wouldn’t expect a tonne of detail on Carroll’s knee; early indications are 8wks as the window for his return, but things change.
Mark Woods: Toronto Raptors announce DeMarre Carroll had arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee. So rather unlikely to face Orlando in London
Alex Kennedy: The Toronto Raptors announced that DeMarre Carroll had arthroscopic surgery this morning on his right knee. No timetable to return listed.
Greg Rappaport: According to the Raptors’ game notes that they just released, DeMarre Carrol will be OUT tonight vs. IND with a right knee contusion.
The Toronto Raptors do not have a clear timeline for injured small forward DeMarre Carroll. Carroll, 29, has sat out the past two games for the Raptors with a bruised knee and head coach Dwane Casey doesn’t expect the rugged veteran forward to have a quick recovery. “He’s still out. He’s going to be a while,” Casey said Friday on The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “He’s working diligently. He’s trying to get back with us and get that knee stronger. I definitely don’t know when it’s going to be.” Carroll isn’t only being held back by a knee issue, but a lingering foot injury — plantar fasciitis — that caused him to miss three games in November and is still causing some discomfort.
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is targeting a return to action on Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, the team’s next opponent, league sources told ESPN. The two-time MVP will have his right ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. If the evaluation reveals enough progress and there are no unforeseen setbacks from this point to Friday, the sharpshooter intends to play after missing the past five games, sources said.
Marc Gasol said he will have questions about the direction of the team after the offseason. How will you reassure him that Memphis remains the best fit for him at this stage of his career? Chris Wallace: Marc is having a terrific career here, both individually – being a multiple All-Star, being defensive player of the year, the All-NBA recognition. And he’s had tremendous team success. So, I don’t think one off year from the team success side tarnishes what he’s achieved or necessarily is going to be the norm going forward for the Grizzlies. This happens to all sorts of teams, where you have not as good a year as where you expect to be. But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump right back in and be successful again next year and that’s what our goal is. And he’s a big part of that.
Shumpert is almost certain to opt in for next season. Having dealt with foot and knee injuries, this is not the time for Shumpert to test free agency when he has $11 million guaranteed for next season, even if he’s not a part of the Kings’ long-term plans. I’m intrigued by what Shumpert might add. He’s only 27 and has shown he can play in pressure situations, having been a part of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Shumpert will be motivated to show the rest of the league he is healthy and that he can play a key role on a team.
Donatas Urbonas: Gudaitis confirmed he met with Cavaliers representatives in Milano. They invited Gudaitis to work out in Cleveland upcoming summer. Gudaitis told his priority is National Team and FIBA 19 qualifiers. But if everything is ok with the schedule, he’ll come to Cleveland
Now that you’re in New York, this is a totally different market. How have you felt about the way the city has embraced you? Michael Beasley: Honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything better. For the city and fans to embrace not only the way I play but who I am as much as they did – it feels great to be able to be yourself and be accepted. I thank the city forever for that. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t win as much as we wanted to this year.
Players like DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have talked about that anxiety. Do you think that has helped others be more open with their own struggles? Michael Beasley: Hats off to those guys, man. More people than you think go through that. I go through it. It took me awhile to realize it because we’re raised to believe that it’s an embarrassing thing. It’s definitely inspiring for them to be honest about what they are experiencing. They opened up the floodgates, they opened up the doors, for the next great NBA player or even the next great scientist. The next shy kid with anxiety can break out of their shell because of this.
I watched your interview with Taylor Rooks on SNY where you talked about parenting your daughter, painting your nails. I thought that was super cool. Michael Beasley: [Laughs] Listen, man. I lost my hood card because I’ve got paint on my nails, bro. So that’s good to hear. My four-year-old will be five in April. Not much will change in those years. I think it’s cool. People should be themselves no matter what anyone says and how it feels. Just be comfortable with being yourself.