Damian Lillard, NBA Twitter react to Caris LeVert’s superstar showing vs. Blazers
The NBA world got a glimpse at Caris LeVert on Thursday during the Brooklyn Nets’ valiant effort against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. While the Blazers clinched the No. 8 seed with a 134-133 win, LeVert was amazing and just missed a game-winning attempt at the end that would have ended Portland’s season.
Fans got treated to a fantastic 37-point performance from LeVert, as the fourth-year guard scored 37 points on 16-of-29 from the floor while also ensnaring six rebounds and dishing out nine assists on the night:
The Michigan State product went toe-to-toe against Bubble MVP candidate Damian Lillard, even garnering his praise after the game:
“Caris LeVert is cold,” Lillard said during a postgame interview.
The reactions from notable faces soon poured through social media:
Caris Levert is a young monster!!!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 14, 2020
Caris LeVert might be the best No. 3 option in the NBA next season. He’s gonna be special.
— Ry (@JustRyCole) August 10, 2020
— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) August 14, 2020
Caris Levert, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will be an ELITE Big 3 next year…Levert is a damn Bucket!!!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 14, 2020
Even his own teammate, Spencer Dinwiddie, was happy to see his boy shine:
Y’all don’t listen, I’ve co-signed that lol
— Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) August 14, 2020
LeVert has been doing work during the restart, but this is the first time he really got national eyes on him as the Blazers-Nets game was featured on TNT.
The soon-to-be 26-year-old has put up 20 or more points on 19 occasions this season. He has four 30-point games and had a career-high 51-point explosion a week before the season came to a halt due to the pandemic.
LeVert is undoubtedly a special talent, and it’s about time he got his due recognition. Whoever is in charge of the Nets next season will be best served finding a way to implement his talent into a loaded starting unit. Brooklyn has been rumored to be seeking a third star, but he might actually be on the roster already.