DeMarre Carroll
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The Brooklyn Nets will be down a major piece against the Toronto Raptors, as DeMarre Carroll is sidelined with knee soreness.

Matt Brooks

The robust Brooklyn Nets‘ bench will be missing a major piece while playing the Toronto Raptors.

DeMarre Carroll, a major contributor to Brooklyn’s bench mob (which averages the second-most points in the NBA), will be sidelined with knee pain according to the team.

The nine-year pro has been particularly brilliant of late, averaging 11.6 points in his last 10 games. He’s also been his usual foul magnet-self, gathering 5.3 free throw attempts in his last 10.

Carroll’s meetups with his former team, the Toronto Raptors, are always fun because of the history behind them. The Missouri product represents one of Sean Mark’s most vicious swindles of any NBA team.

DeMarre was part of a 2017 salary dump, in which the Nets acquired two draft picks. With those draft slots, the team selected rookie dynamo, Rodions Kurucs, as well as a promising swingman, Dzanan Musa. Not to mention, they received a very productive player in Carroll.

Per Brian Lewis of the New York Post., coach Atkinson doesn’t feel that Carroll’s injury is serious. In fact, he expects the veteran to return in the next game.

“DeMarre, he just had a little swelling on the knee. He should be hopefully fine for Cleveland.”

Hopefully, the Nets can continue their strong streak of play in spite of not having one of their more reliable players. Considering their All-Star point guard, D’Angelo Russell was recently recognized as one of the best young shooters in NBA history, perhaps this piece of good press will act as an extra shot of energy to stir up the young team.

Brooklyn faces the Raptors in Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 PM EST.

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