Monday night did not bring a lot of positives for the Atlanta Hawks, but the return of DeMarre Carroll to the lineup was certainly encouraging. On Tuesday afternoon, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution brought word that Carroll should be good to go for the future after emerging from the loss to the Pelicans with no injury issues.
CMB says DeMarre Carroll came out of Monday's game vs. Pelicans in good shape. No setback. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 3, 2015
Carroll is, in many ways, the unsung hero of the roster, averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while consistently guarding the opposition's top perimeter threat defensively. In addition, the development of his outside game has been a God-send in the Mike Budenholzer offense, and Carroll is knocking down 39.9% of his threes for the season.
While Carroll's news is very positive, the Hawks did not announce similar optimism surrounding Shelvin Mack. Still, Vivlamore reports that he could be available by the weekend.
CMB says Shelvin Mack unlikely to be ready for Wizards Wednesday but maybe by weekend. #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) February 3, 2015
The 24-year-old Mack has missed Atlanta's last eight games with a calf injury, but he has been seen going through basketball work pregame, signifying that he could be close to a return. Mack's absence is largely covered up by the strong play of Dennis Schröder, but with Thabo Sefolosha on the shelf, the return of Mack could ease the pressure on Kent Bazemore on the wing.