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  Carroll closes in on Raptors return

The in-form Toronto Raptors will be handed a major boost over the next few weeks with the expected return to action of forward DeMarre Carroll. The 29-year-old has missed the past couple of months due to a knee injury sustained at the start of 2016, during which time the Raptors have reeled off 23 wins from 28 games.

But while the Canadians haven't exactly missed the former first-round draft pick, his return to action heading into the postseason will give the Raptors a real lift. Scheduled to meet up with the doctor who performed arthroscopic surgery over the next few days, Carroll is hoping to be given the all-clear to return to full training.

After two stand-out seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Carroll made the move to the Raptors last summer. Having made an extremely solid start to life in Canada, the well-travelled star’s forward momentum was halted after sustaining a knee injury that he had tried to play through.

In his 23 appearances since arriving in Toronto, Carroll started all but one of those games, averaging 11.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 38 per cent from the three-point line in his 32 minutes on court.

Now back in light training, Carroll is still unable to take part in any competitive practice sessions. But that could change if he's given the green light to step it up by the doctors and re-join the rest of the team. With a month left of the regular season, Toronto will be well aware of the dangers of rushing the small forward back too soon, despite the fact they are still very much in the race for the Eastern Conference title and are currently priced around 6/1 with the NBA betting odds.

If Carroll can return to the roster over the next month, it would be ideal for the Raptors. That way the fit-again forward can get some games under his belt before the postseason. It will also allow Toronto to get used to having Carroll back in the defence, developing the sort of chemistry a team needs to be successful during the playoffs. Currently second in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors are one of only a few teams in the conference that can actually challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.

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The return of Carroll will definitely improve the Raptors' chances of making it into the latter stages of the playoffs. During the Hawks’ sensational run to the Conference Finals last season, Carroll was one of the key reasons behind the team's success and he averaged 14.6 points in his 16 postseason appearances.

With Toronto looking to at least replicate Atlanta's achievements last season, the nine-year veteran could be looking at another exciting and challenging end to the campaign. While it's still hard to look beyond the Cavaliers in terms of the Eastern Conference and the Golden State Warriors in the race for the NBA title, Toronto, with a fully-fit Carroll, are certainly going to be capable of upsetting the odds between now and the end of the season.

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