Add another name to the inactive list for the Atlanta Hawks, as starting small forward DeMarre Carroll will not play tonight at Washington due to an illness.
The news was announced just minutes ago via the Hawks’ official twitter account:
Coach Bud says DeMarre will not play tonight. Kyle remains out with a back injury. Jeff, Shelvin, Cartier, Paul and Pero will start.
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 29, 2014
Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reported “DeMarre Carroll came down with an illness that caused him to be hospitalized for IV fluids Friday night.”
Carroll then missed shootaround earlier Saturday and was said to be a “game-time decision” for tonight’s matchup.
Carroll will join starting shooting guard Kyle Korver on the injury report. Korver has missed the last five games due to lingering back spasms. He did not travel with the team to the nation’s capital and will sit out for the sixth straight game.
Korver has been a major focal point in the Hawks’ offense this season, averaging 12.3 points per game. The Hawks are 1-8 without him this year.
Carroll is Atlanta’s best defensive player and is having a breakout season. He has started in all 64 games he’s appeared in and is averaging 11.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range and 47 percent from the field overall — all career-highs.
*** In other Hawks-related injury news, Pero Antic has a “95 percent” likelihood of starting tonight after missing the previous game with a sprained right ankle.