The Atlanta Hawks could be without starting small forward DeMarre Carroll for the fourth straight game on Tuesday night as a result of a lingering groin injury, according to a report from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vivlamore indicates that Carroll is "doubtful" for the contest against the Los Angeles Lakers, presumably leaving the Hawks short-handed on the wing once again.
Atlanta famously crawled to a 1-8 record with Carroll in the lineup last season, and while the Hawks are 2-1 during this short stretch, his services certainly could have helped during the blowout loss to Cleveland on Saturday night. Thabo Sefolosha has garnered the start in all three contests and performed admirably, but there is no question that the absence of Carroll could be felt in attempting to slow down Kobe Bryant.
Fortunately, the Lakers are scuffling in a significant way this season, and that should be helpful for Tuesday. In the long-term however, it isn't encouraging to see Carroll still hampered by the groin issues, and hopefully, he will be ready to go on Friday as the Hawks host the Detroit Pistons.
The Hawks have listed Carroll as "questionable" on their official injury report.