DeMarre Carroll.

Ankle injury behind Raptors star's absence late on in game six

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During the latter stages of Friday night's game six matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat, DeMarre Carroll was conspicuous by his absence. 

The Raptors forward played just 25 minutes in the crucial game - one that Miami won 103-91 to force a win-or-go-home game seven tonight - and wasn't used by Toronto during the closing stages.

At the time, it was believed a wrist injury Carroll was dealing with heading into the game was likely the cause of his decreased minutes. According to Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, however, a second, new injury played its part.

As noted by Toronto Sun reporter Ryan Wolstat, Casey revealed Carroll suffered an ankle injury during game six:

The latest injury adds to a frustrating series for Carroll on a personal level as, in the last two games, the former Hawks man has scored just 11 points combined.

Nevertheless, his presence in the Raptors rotation could yet prove one of the deciding factors ahead of Sunday's game seven decider.

Toronto Raptors v Miami Heat - Game Six

Fortunately for Toronto, Casey did confirm via CBS Sports that Carroll will play this evening. With his bruised wrist still bothering him, and a new ankle injury to contend with, just how active the 29-year-old is versus Miami remains to be seen.

Should the Raptors find a way past the Heat tonight, game one of the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

DeMarre Carroll
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Atlantic Division
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