Nov 23, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) in action agains the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. The Celtics won 94-87. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarre Carroll (thumb) Will Play vs. Warriors

The Atlanta Hawks get a much-needed player back in the lineup tonight at home when they host the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, it isn’t Al Horford.

DeMarre Carroll will be making his return after missing the previous two-game road trip in Orlando and Boston with a sprained right thumb.

The forward suffered the injury last week in a double-overtime victory at Cleveland on December 26th, the same game Hoford tore his right pectoral muscle.

Carroll’s injury occurred in the fourth quarter when he fought through a screen set by Tyler Zeller. He left the game shortly after and did not return. X-rays were done Thursday night in Cleveland and again in Atlanta on Friday, both of which showed no fracture or ligament damage.

Carroll played in the following game against the Bobcats on Saturday despite being a game-time decision, but was clearly affected as he missed all four of his shot attempts in the Hawks’ 118-116 overtime victory.

It was then decided it would be best if he stayed in Atlanta for the two-game road trip to fully recover.

Hopefully Carroll is back to full strength because the Hawks will need all the help they can get when they go up against a dangerous Warriors squad.

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