Nets’ Caris LeVert will play vs. Raptors after missing 24 games, be on minutes restriction
LeVert has missed 24 straight games after undergoing surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb back in November.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson says LeVert will be on a minutes restriction, although he didn’t reveal the number to reporters:
Caris LeVert will have a minutes restriction tonight, according to Kenny Atkinson. He doesn’t plan to tell us the number.
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) January 4, 2020
On the season, LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the Nets. He’s shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.
LeVert signed a three-year, $52 million extension with the Nets in August. He suffered a dislocated right foot last November against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but has completely recovered from it and is one of the best young players in the NBA.
The Nets are 16-17 on the season, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. However, Brooklyn has lost four straight and is still without star point guard Kyrie Irving, whose right shoulder is still injured. It’s unclear when Irving will be back in the lineup.
LeVert, the 20th pick in the 2016 draft, has career averages of 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 117 games with the Nets. He’s part of the core in Brooklyn which is headlined by Kevin Durant, Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris.
The Nets are putting up 110.6 points per game, which is 15th in the NBA. Brooklyn is giving up 111.7 points a night. That’s 19th in the league.