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Nets’ DeMarre Carroll questionable vs. Raptors due to knee soreness

DeMarre Carroll, Nets

Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll has been tagged as questionable to play on Monday’s contest versus the Toronto Raptors due to knee soreness.

DeMarre Carroll has been a fixture in the Brooklyn rotation and missed just one game since Nov. 6.

Any potential absence for Carroll would likely pave the way for Rodions Kurucs to step into a larger role against Toronto. Caris LeVert is back in the fold, so Brooklyn could choose to increase the minutes of their second-leading scorer in his second game back from injury.

With Jared Dudley still on the shelf due to a hamstring injury, the Nets are thin on the wing. Sure enough, Carroll’s injury and possible absence wouldn’t help them in that area.

Carroll has transitioned back into a bench role for the Nets in his 10th season in the league, stepping out of the starting five on a consistent basis for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. Despite a slight minutes reduction, though, Carroll is averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest this season, all while remaining a solid defender.

Prior to joining Brooklyn, Carroll spent two seasons north of the border as a member of the Raptors. Over his 10 years, he has suited up for seven different clubs, never playing a third season with any of them. The 12.6 points per game he has averaged with the Nets since the start of last season have been his highest at any stop to this point. If he misses Monday’s game, his final chance to suit up before the All-Star break would come Wednesday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.