Hawks’ Carroll appears unlikely to play in Game 2

Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is helped off the court after injuring his knee during Game 1.

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Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll is listed as a game-time decision for Friday night’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Cavaliers, but the feeling around the team is that Carroll won’t play.

Carroll wore a knee brace and walked with a limp Friday, unable to participate in the morning shootaround. The starting small forward suffered a knee sprain in the second half of Game 1, a 96-89 victory for the visiting Cavs.

"We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best."

In the event Carroll cannot play, Kent Bazemore would likely start in his place. Bazemore would then be assigned the task of defending Cavs star LeBron James.

"It’s a great platform to show what you can do," Bazemore said. "They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best … It’s tough but it’s what you sign up for. It’s a challenge I love. I love guarding the best players. I’ve been doing it all my life. This is no different."

Coverage of Game 2 begins at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio, with Cavaliers Live pregame show. FSO will air a postgame show immediately following the game.