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May 21, 2015 Updates

Carroll is the embodiment of the Hawks -- toiling in anonymity, listed deep in the "others receiving votes" section of the NBA All-Defense results released on Wednesday. This series against Cleveland and LeBron is a proving ground, a bigger stage as Carroll said. And individually for Carroll it couldn't come at a better time, as his contract expires on June 30 and he'll become a free agent. Sources around the league appraise his annual value at more than $10 million a season, and the Hawks have been bracing themselves for a measurably higher number. After losing Carroll -- and Game 1 of the series to Cleveland 97-89, there's nothing but uncertainty for all parties. A Hawks team already without Thabo Sefolosha, a veteran whose overlapping skill set was supposed to give the Hawks uncommon depth with a platoon of long, versatile wings, is now down to Kent Bazemore at the small forward position. ESPN.com

What happened: J.R. Smith happened. Smith scored a playoff career-high 28 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs built an 85-67 lead with a 22-4 run from the 3:27 mark of the third quarter to the 9:59 mark of the fourth quarter, and Smith had 17 of those points – 15 on three three-pointers. Smith was 10-for-16 from the field and 8-for-12 on three-pointers. He also had eight rebounds, becoming just the fourth player since 1985 to have eight rebounds and make eight threes in a playoff game. "Probably overlooked in his great shooting performance was the fact that he defended as well as he did and he got eight rebounds," Cavs coach David Blatt said. USA Today Sports

The latest: Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll who sustained a sprained left knee with 4:59 remaining left in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 97-89 victory over Atlanta Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Game 2 is Friday in Atlanta, and Carroll, who left Philips Arena on crutches, is expected to undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of his injury. USA Today Sports

If he misses any time, Atlanta's chances of advancing to the NBA Finals decrease. Carroll is the Hawks' leading scorer in the playoffs and he is the team's best perimeter defender. He has morphed into a two-way player who is vital to Atlanta's success. "He's such a great teammate. Everybody's just concerned for DeMarre, and I'm hoping that he's healthy and ready to help us as soon as possible," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "That's how we feel about each of our teammates, each of our players. I know there's that same feeling for DeMarre, and it's the playoffs. So everybody would like him to come through this as healthy as possible." USA Today Sports

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The Hawks disposed of the Wizards 94-91 on Friday night in Game 6 at the Verizon Center to win the conference semifinals 4-2. The Hawks had not won two playoff rounds since 1958 — when in St. Louis they won the NBA title. The conference finals begin at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta between the No. 1-seed Hawks and the No. 2-seed Cavaliers. “It’s a good feeling,” Al Horford said in a joyous Hawks locker room. “I don’t know if it’s set in quite yet, honestly. It’s a good feeling. I’m excited, and I’m looking forward to the next round.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A basket by Paul Millsap and the two by Carroll nearly clinched the game. Paul Pierce appeared to make a game-tying 3-point at the buzzer. However, after a review, video showed that he did not get the shot off in time. “When they ran the play, I saw John Wall get the ball,” Carroll said. “I was like, ‘Man, should I foul him or should I just contest the 3?’ I know these whole NBA playoffs have been buzzer-beaters. I didn’t want the game to end on a buzzer beater, and I didn’t want Coach mad at me. “John Wall handed it off, and I chased him. By the time I turned around I saw Paul Pierce shooting the ball, and I was about to cry. I said, ‘Not again.’ It went through, but the basketball gods were on our side. They let us get through this one.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The Hawks center swooped in to snatch an offensive rebound and dropped in a shot from right under the basket with 1.9 seconds remaining, giving top-seeded Atlanta an 82-81 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night and a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "I wasn't supposed to be involved in the play at all," Horford said. "When I saw the ball go up, I just ran in there." USA Today Sports

When Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of Game 5 (Vine), he reportedly looked at the Atlanta Hawks' bench and said "Series." The Hawks won the game on the next play when Al Horford had a put back at the buzzer (Vine). "I was just put in that position and I just made a play. I’m just excited that were a 3-2 now," said Horford. RealGM

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