The Atlanta Hawks earned an impressive 118-113 overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, but it might have come at a price as a pair of key players were injured in the line of duty.
Carroll’s injury occurred in the first quarter, but he only missed a few minutes and returned in the second quarter after going to the locker room to receive medical treatment. He finished the game with a bandage over the wound and totaled eight points and four rebounds in 38 minutes of action.
Schroder’s injury occurred in the fourth quarter with 8:20 remaining when he rolled his ankle while hustling back on defense. He did not return, not even in overtime.
Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported after the game that coach “Budenholzer had no update on severity of Dennis Schroder’s ankle sprain.”
Atlanta endured a tough 1-14 stretch from February into early March due to injuries, but have since turned things around and won a season-best five straight games with their players regaining full health. Before the long losing skid started, the team was in 3rd place in the East; after the skid, they fell down to 8th. However, this new winning streak has them 1.0 game behind 7th place and 3.5 games from 5th place. It would be a shame for more injuries to plague the team and possibly hurt their post-season chances.
The Hawks don’t play again until Friday so Carroll and Schroder have a few days to recover if needed.
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