Storyline: DeMarre Carroll Injury

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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.”

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.”
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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.
3 years ago via TSN

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.

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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