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May 21, 2015 Updates

The fear was Carroll had suffered a significant injury that could end his postseason. Instead, Bartelstein said Carroll was headed to the Hawks' facility following the MRI. "He's going to get treated around the clock for the next 36 hours, and then we'll see how he feels," Bartelstein said. "I know DeMarre. He's going to do everything he can to get himself ready to play." USA Today Sports

The MRI on Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll's left knee revealed no structural damage and he is expected to be listed as day to day, a person with direct knowledge of the MRI told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the team officially announced the results. USA Today Sports

Brian Windhorst: Great news indeed on DeMarre Carroll. MRI showed no structural damage, possible bone bruise per sources. Day-to-day as @sam_amick reported. Twitter @WindhorstESPN

DeMarre Carroll: THANK YOU GOD!!! #BLESSED #JunkyardDog #ATLHAWKS https://instagram.com/p/28xgspGVMU/ Twitter @DeMarreCarroll1

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

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

May 16, 2015 Updates

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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He'll find himself in an interesting spot this summer as a free agent for the second time. Carroll will be in demand and has raised his value to the point where he could triple his salary come 2015-16. But he's a late-bloomer (28 years old) who doesn't have a long track record for playing at this level. Interested teams must decide whether Carroll's best years are indeed ahead of him, or if he's a role player taking advantage of the Hawks' system. With the salary cap expected to jump, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks (among other teams) could force the Hawks' financial hand. "I'm looking forward to the summer but right now I'm just trying to win games with this team," he said. NBA.com

Taken to the limit again, the Hawks finally pulled away for a 106-90 victory over the Wizards on Tuesday night that was much closer than the score indicated and evened the series at one game apiece. DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Kyle Korver bounced back from a miserable first half, and Al Horford made some huge plays when the Hawks needed them most. "We knew this was a game we had to win," Carroll said. "It was kind of a funky game." USA Today Sports

#Hawks DeMarre Carroll: Q: How did the game plan change when you found out Wall wasn't playing? A: If I tell you, I'd have to kill ya :) Twitter

May 5, 2015 Updates

Carroll’s playoff success is clearly a small sample size, but his progress is quite dramatic and will make him even more attractive this summer on the open market. His free agent status is something that Carroll said he isn’t thinking about right now. You can believe that if you want to, but players say what players believe they are supposed to say.“No, not right now,” Carroll said. “Right now I’m strictly focused on the playoffs. Trying to play team ball, trying to go far and hopefully win an NBA championship.” Whether he’s thinking about it or not, Carroll has likely earned himself a contract that could easily approach $8-9 million per season, according to colleague Michael Scotto’s April 22 column on free agent sleepers. SheridanHoops

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