Caris LeVert's return to the court was one of the most unlikely sights of this NBA season after a gruesome foot injury could have potentially sidelined him for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. While it took the shifty swingman three months to fully get back into action, Brooklyn Nets teammate DeMarre Carroll attributes his return to a strong work ethic:

“What makes Caris so special is his work ethic,” Carroll told Anthony Puccio of SNY. “I've seen a lot of guys in this league and he's one of the hardest workers. People don't really get to see how much work he puts in, both in the offseason and after the injury. He don't give up. Before the injury, I was with him the whole summer — me, him, Jarrett Allen.”

LeVert's faith in his recovery and constant perseverance only served as fuel for his quest to rejoin the roster:

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“He's a strong kid, man,” said Carroll. “You got to think with him playing like this, it shows his resiliency.”

“When he got hurt, he didn't cry about it. He wasn't whining to nobody. He just got back in the gym,” Carroll said. “I think it shows the maturity in him as a person that he was able to come back the way he did.”

LeVert was terrific in his first playoff appearance with the Nets, contributing 23 points off the bench on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor, 3-of-3 from deep and 4-of-4 from the foul line, putting together one of his best all-around efforts since his return from injury.