UPDATE: Carroll’s MRI negative, walking around

The Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll grabs his left knee in pain after hitting the floor against Cleveland in Wedneday’s opener of the Eastern Conference finals. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

The Hawks' DeMarre Carroll grabs his left knee in pain after hitting the floor against Cleveland in Wedneday's opener of the Eastern Conference finals. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

The Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll grabs his left knee in pain after hitting the floor against Cleveland in Wednesday’s opener of the Eastern Conference finals. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

There’s no structural damage in DeMarre Carroll’s left knee after he suffered what had appeared to be a serious injury late in a loss to Cleveland Wednesday night. There is still no certainty when the Hawks’ forward will return to the lineup in the Eastern Conference finals, but the team will list him as “day to day.”

Carroll posted a picture of praying hands on Instagram with the words, “THANK YOU GOD!!!”

THANK YOU GOD!!! #BLESSED #JunkyardDog #ATLHAWKS

A post shared by DeMarre Carroll (@demarrecarroll1) on

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has yet to speak to the media today but Carroll was seen walking into Philips Arena Thursday morning without crutches, so that’s an obvious positive sign.

Carroll suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the Hawks’ Eastern Conference finals series-opening loss to the Cavaliers. Given how he went down, his agonizing reaction and the somber mood around the team, it didn’t seem likely he would play another game in this series.

After the game, Budenholzer gave only a preliminary diagnosis of a “sprained knee, saying Carroll would have an MRI today. The results of that MRI showed no structural damage. But if that was only a sprain, it was the worst sprain I’ve ever seen — and even if it’s only a sprain, with no ligament damage or a dislocation, it still looked serious enough to suggest Carroll won’t return any time soon.

As you’ll see in this replay, Carroll’s knee buckled as he drove to the basket. He was injured before he ever landed.

The site of the injury caused some NBA players to share their thoughts on Twitter. Among them:

Carroll has been the Hawks’ leading scorer in the playoffs. But the biggest loss would be felt on defense because he’s the team’s best defender and guards LeBron James. This follows the loss of the Hawks’ other top defender, Thabo Sefolosha, to a broken leg late in the season in an incident with New York police.

Cleveland is not a team without flaws. I viewed this series as a coin flip coming in. But if Carroll is done, that’s probably too much for the Hawks to overcome.

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glsjunior
glsjunior

I think Antic has pics or something on Coach Bud

Wilbo
Wilbo

Hey, one positive: with all this talk about the Hawks in the process of wilting against the LeBrons, at least we don't have to hear about the POS Braves!!!!!!


And that's a good thing

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

BENCH ANTIC!!! BENCH ANTIC!!! BENCH ANTIC!!!

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

FREE JOHN JENKINS!!! FREE JOHN JENKINS!!!! FRREE JOHN JENKINS!!!!

syrupmaker
syrupmaker

FREE MIKE SCOTT!!!!! FREE MIKE SCOTT!!! FREE MIKE SCOTT!!!!!


Atlanta Man's Peachtree
Atlanta Man's Peachtree

Do some genuine reporting and thinking (unknown territory for you). Here's a radical notion: write about the adjustments coach should make or consider for game 2.  I would not feed my dog the garbage you keep serving up.

ImaNitwit
ImaNitwit

@Atlanta Man's Peachtree  Yo genius, what adjustments should the Hawks make for Game 2? Howz bout scoring a few more buckets and giving up a few less? Does that work for ya?

Atlanta Man's Peachtree
Atlanta Man's Peachtree

Same old nay-saying, single note reporting Schultzie. Just like the piece the other day in the AJC saying Horford kept the team together over the year. Here we go: Lets attack the old owners even though they are leaving town, and add a layer of baloney with nothing to support my hypothesis except my own single minded vision. What journalism school do they teach that in? Horoford's a great guy, and no doubt helps lead the team, but Schultzie, you are always the voice of frikken doom. Woooa-is-me writing only goes so far. 

Critical thinking is a plus, how about instead observing that many teams have risen to the occasion when losing a key player and since the Hawks are known as a team that shares on offense and defense, like a hawk on a thermal wind, they can rise too. 

LETS! GO! HAWKS!     

swarm
swarm

Wow Shultz ! Going out on a limb with this weak article? No sh$t it's a disadvantage not to have DC! How about some real journalism? Report some news. Tell us something we don't know. The writers in other cities due that. They blow you, Ken and others out of the water.

moboman
moboman

There was concern about last nights crew being a road team officiating crew.  Reverse home cooking.  Lebron style.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

All the Hawks have to do is find a way to win game two, that should by Carroll a couple more days to try and play. Budenholzer has to go deep in his rotation. If I don't see Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack in the lineup, I'll see a coach with a-- I know best attitude with no flexibility.

tyger
tyger

Not like Willis Reed here...


Series wont turn on whether Carroll plays...

Sure it would be nice to have him, but...

Give me a break, Carroll barely starter....


Free Mike Scott...

JackClemens
JackClemens

According to Mark Bradley, no structural damage. Bone bruise and hyper-extension. Likely out Game 2 at least.


Okeetee
Okeetee

We can still win without Carroll...he was having a turrible game anyway, along with Milsap!  Bazemore and Scott will just have to step up....and our coaching has to get better!  Keep that Antic OFF the court!  He's worthless...both offensively and defensively!  If J.R. Smith can step up and hit 8 three pointers, then our guys can step up and take up the slack with Carroll out!  It's a crying shame that we get called for 3 ticky tack screen fouls when Lebron is one of the worse flagrant violators of the "palming" rule in the history of the game!  If the refs are going to call those screen fouls, then they need to start calling the flagrant palming violations that Lebron is known for!  He picks up his dribble, moves his man in a foot, dribbles again, picks up his dribble, and moves his man in another 2 feet, and then gets a bunny shot that's indefensible?  PLEASE!    

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

@Okeetee  Coach Bud is stubborn he always play Antic, who maybe the worst backup center in the NBA, Coach Bud will finally realize that if not make changes to have better team on floor it will soon be late, 10years later Coach Bud will be journey Coach if not learn from his mistakes.


GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Born2Buzz
Born2Buzz

Paul Millsap will have to step up and be the primary defender on James.  Might even have a Mike Scott sighting in game 2.

Paul 7621
Paul 7621

Anyone who has ever had a severe ankle sprain knows that it can be more painful than breaking it, and takes weeks to recover.

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

Are the laces on his gravel grippers hidden?........or is that a slip-on basketball shoe........could be the problem.

Stingshuh?
Stingshuh?

@WW5 I didn't want to say that.............damn thing needs a zip code.