Atlanta Hawks swingman DeMarre Carroll will start Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals after spraining his left knee in Game 1.
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Carroll Starts Game 2
Friday, May 22
Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Carroll will start Game 2.
Carroll, 28, injured himself as he went up for a layup with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 1. While he was working his way through two defenders, his knee hyperextended and buckled as he attempted to complete a "Eurostep."
He finished the game with five points and three assists on 2-of-7 shooting.
A six-year veteran who played for five teams in as many seasons, Carroll has been a breakout player since joining the Hawks in 2013-14. He's emerged as a reliable wing defender and floor spacer, averaging 12.6 points while shooting 39.5 percent from three-point land during the regular season.
Carroll has been even better in these playoffs, coming into Wednesday night averaging 17.1 points per game in the first two rounds.
His ascent was coming at the perfect time, as Carroll is due to hit unrestricted free agency this summer.
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