The Toronto Raptors haven’t looked like the same team since DeMarre Carroll started experiencing a foot problem. Even before he was forced to sit out by his coaches and his agent, the pain in his foot had ruined his jump shot and taken some of the energy out of his game. There is no way to avoid the hurt when it starts in the foot.
Friday night’s game against the Pelicans was his first game back after missing three in a row.
“I feel way better than I did before,” Carroll said prior to the game against New Orleans. “It’s just one of those things. Rest may help some guys, I think it helped me. It is just one of those things you just got to stay on top of. We’ll just take it one day at a time.
“I always want to be on the court. If it was up to me, I would have still been playing, but I think coaches and training staff, my agent they basically made the decision for me. They told me I need to think about the long term, but I’m the type of guy that doesn’t want to sit down with any type of injury.
“It was a very kind of unique pain, a sharp pain any time I tried to shoot a jumper – pain, when I jump – pain. So it was one of those kind of things. Sometimes I could see the ball like three feet away from me and I couldn’t run and get it because of the pain.
“I didn’t say nothing about it because I’m not going to say nothing about it. I think they kind of figured it out when I was in the locker room and every time I got dressed I was walking on my tip toes cause I didn’t want to put my foot down. Trainer was, enough is enough.”
To get better, Carroll had to stop using his foot completely.
“Keep my feet up and put a split on it, a split cast,” Carroll explained. “I didn’t travel to Philly. My wife, she did a good job doing everything for me. She took the dogs out. She raked the leaves. That’s a good wife. I think I owe her a good dinner.”
In hindsight, something was obviously wrong with Carroll during the Raptors recent road trip. A usually reliable jump shooter, Carroll shot just 8-33 over his last three games before being sidelined and his solid three-point shooting dipped to just 1-8. That foot must have been hurting a lot for his shot to fall off that much. Hopefully, that’s all behind him now.