Cavaliers LeBron James gives Hawks DeMarre Carroll a pat on the chest as he is helped off the court with an injury in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. The Cavaliers won the game 97-89. Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

MRI shows no structural damage for Hawks’ Carroll

An MRI exam on the left knee of Hawks’ forward DeMarre Carroll showed no structural damage and confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain. Carroll will be day-to-day.

His immediate status for Friday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers is not known.

Carroll was a Philips Arena Thursday prior to the Hawks’ practice and walking without the aid of crutches.

Carroll posted on social media, with a picture of praying hands, “THANK YOU GOD!!! #BLESSED #JunkyardDog #ATLHAWKS”

Carroll suffered the left knee injury on a drive to the basket following a steal with 4:59 remaining in Game 1 Wednesday. He was hurt planting for a layup following a fastbreak steal. He immediately grabbed his left knee when he hit the floor and was in pain. After several minutes he was helped by two teammates to the Hawks locker room unable to put any weight on his left leg. Following the game, the Hawks announced that Carroll suffered a left knee sprain and would have an MRI exam.

Carroll was on crutches following the injury Wednesday night.

Carroll is a huge part of the Hawks’ game plan against the Cavaliers as he is the primary defender of the LeBron James. He has also been the team’s leading scorer during these playoffs.

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