DeMarre Carroll Is Fearless Against Houston

Apr 13, 2012 | by Brian T. Smith, Salt Lake Tribune

DeMarre Carroll was mentored by Memphis Grizzlies toughman Tony Allen. When Carroll starred in college at Missouri, he was called Junkyard Dog. In the Jazz’s 103-91 win against the Rockets on Wednesday, he re-sharpened his teeth.

Utah’s starting small forward recorded 10 points and seven rebounds — four offensive — building on his career-high 16-point outing Sunday at San Antonio.

Two fearless first-quarter dives into the stands Wednesday best captured Carroll’s growl.

He initially flew into the seats along the baseline near Utah’s bench. Then he made another leap, saving a loose ball and setting up a smooth Jazz fast break.

The selflessness said everything about Utah’s united attack against the Rockets, and set up the Jazz’s fury that followed.

“When you do that and you be aggressive, your team feeds on it. They piggyback with you, and that’s what everybody started doing,” Carroll said. “That’s all I try to do. I just try to play with all my heart and leave everything out on the floor.”

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