Things just went from bad to worse for the Atlanta Hawks. DeMarre Carroll suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left knee on a drive during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Carroll's knee appeared to buckle as he planted. He immediately went down clutching his knee in pain and was helped off the court by teammates and trainer Wally Blaise.
Atlanta is already playing shorthanded on the wing with the loss of Thabo Sefolosha. We likely won't know the extent of the injury until sometime on Thursday, but it looked bad on the floor and the initial thought is a potential torn ACL. If Carroll is out for any length of time, the Hawks chances in this series are greatly reduced.
Carroll is set to enter unrestricted free agency this summer after two breakout seasons with Atlanta.
David Aldridge reported during the broadcast that Carroll will undergo an MRI on Thursday. He offered that there was some optimism that the injury might not have been as bad as it appeared, but they won't know for sure until the results are back.