Anthony Puccio: DeMarre Carroll is out for the remainder of the game due to a left hip strain. #Nets
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.”
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.”
Tom Lorenzo: Nets injury report for tomorrow vs Wolves: DeMarre Carroll (sore rib) is questionable. Caris LeVert (left groin strain) is doubtful.
Tom Lorenzo: DeMarre Carroll (right ankle soreness) is QUESTIONABLE tomorrow vs. Denver. Acy (left groin strain) is OUT.
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.”
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.
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.
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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Bally Sports Southwest: “We can pay him more than anybody…I think he wants to stay and that’s most important.” @mcuban talks to @TheSteinLine about the Mavericks chances of re-signing @jalenbrunson1 this offseason.
Callie Caplan: Jalen Brunson, free-agent to be: “When it happens, it happens. I’m not worried about it right now. Honestly, at this point, how I feel, I’m really happy that I got to play with these guys, and the things that we did this year, that’s all I’m really focused on right now.”
Speaking of Serbian basketball, it was inevitable not to comment on back-to-back Final Four MVP Vasilije Micic and the rumors linking him to the NBA. “Micic can make a difference in the NBA,” Savic tells Eurohoops. “The best players in EuroLeague can stand out there”.
The Warriors went the sustainability path. They used all three lottery picks on three teenagers. Steph Curry watched them do it. He didn’t shake the table. He didn’t turn his nearing free agency into a power play. He signed a five-year max extension, messaging to every teammate that the most powerful voice in the room was accepting of management’s long-term approach and everyone else would need to fall in line. “A lot of stars would’ve said, ‘No, you have to trade all these young assets for a star. I need a star,’” Steve Kerr told The Athletic. “Organizationally, the decision was ‘Let’s grow these young guys so we can have a bright future.’ Very few people in Steph’s shoes would’ve said, ‘All right, I’ll embrace it and let’s go to work.’”
Why didn’t Curry ever make noise or leverage his power to reconfigure the roster to his exact preferences? “That’s not how I operate,” Curry told The Athletic. “There were conversations and different paths to take, and we all had conversations about going different ways. But at the end of the day, I have a lot of trust in Bob, a lot of confidence in what we’re about. There was no panic. Obviously, it helps that we had won a couple championships. It affords patience. But there was no panic in terms of getting me, Klay and Draymond another run at it, figuring out how we could get pieces around us to make it work. It’s just patience at the end of the day.
Ohm Youngmisuk: The trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have now won 21 playoff series together, the 2nd-most by any trio over the last 30 seasons per Elias Sports Bureau. They passed the Lakers trio of Shaq-Kobe-Derek Fisher. pic.twitter.com/WlNCPF5ltr
Justin Kubatko: Klay Thompson last night: ✅ 32 PTS ✅ 12-25 FG ✅ 8-16 3P It’s the fifth time Thompson has made at least eight 3P in a playoff game, breaking a tie with Ray Allen, Stephen Curry, and Damian Lillard for the most such games in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/8eM1Guy4fb
Justin Kubatko: Stephen Curry in the 2022 WCF: ✅ 23.8 PPG ✅ 6.6 RPG ✅ 7.4 APG Curry (34 years, 73 days) is the second-oldest player in NBA history to average at least 20 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG in a conference finals, trailing only LeBron James (35 years, 271 days). pic.twitter.com/VFl3WYd18b