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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Gordon hit up Craig’s in West Hollywood after the heated battle with the Clippers in which several Rockets players — including Chris Paul — reportedly tried to fight Clips players in the tunnel and locker room area after the game. Gordon told TMZ Sports he doesn’t expect any suspensions and really played the whole thing down as no big deal.
For the rest of the season, the Kings will not play at least two of the veterans – George Hill, Kosta Koufos, Garrett Temple, Carter or Randolph – coach Dave Joerger said. In some games, three veterans could sit. “It’s not an easy conversation,” Joerger said. “They’re very professional, they’re competitive. All of them are rotation players on a playoff team. So to ask those guys to step aside at different times is not enjoyable for me. They handled it well, they’ve been pros.”
Goran Dragic explained why there was such a look of concern of the faces of the Heat players as Tyler Johnson writhed on the court in pain Monday in Chicago. “I’ve never seen Tyler stay down like that,” Dragic said.
But to have the entire team race the length of the court as he stayed down was testimony to what this team thinks of Tyler. “Tyler’s one of those guys that you never know,” said James Johnson, who is as close to Tyler as any player on the team. “He could have had a broken leg, and he’d still be sitting here making sure we was all good, making sure that our spirits were still high. But it’s hard to read that guy.” “We’re all in the trenches together. And we all have respect for Tyler and we all love him. It don’t surprise me.”
Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month’s Winter Games for doping offenses, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago. “Going Vertical” tells the story of the Soviet Union team which won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at the Olympics.