Caris LeVert looked on the verge of a breakthrough earlier this season before repeated injuries robbed him of his form, and the Nets of their most dynamic reserve. But he’s showing signs of getting it back. With the starting backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie struggling, and the Nets having dropped 11-of-12 — the past three in heartbreaking, final-minute fashion — they desperately need the young combo guard’s resurgence. “It’s very frustrating. You feel like that’s half the games this year have come down to that, one or two plays, and we’ve been on the losing side of it probably 80 percent of the time,” the 23-year-old LeVert said. “We’ve got to figure out how to shut it up and get those wins.” LeVert will come into Tuesday’s game against the defending-champion Warriors fresh off a career-high 27 points in the loss to the Clippers. He shot 11-of-19, dished out five assists, snatched five rebounds and hit a career-high five 3-pointers. It’s the kind of performance he hadn’t had in months. “Just trying to win the game,” LeVert said. “You don’t think about it while you’re in the moment, just trying to do the next thing right.” He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter alone and played well enough to keep Russell planted on the bench for the entire period. “Caris was great. There’s no way [I was taking him out] with the game he was having,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “There’s only so many spots out there, so we had to go with Caris.” It was LeVert’s best game since he posted 21 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a win over the Thunder on Dec. 7 in Mexico City. That was part of a sterling month for LeVert, one that showed why he was the Net who drew the most interest from rival executives before last year’s draft.
This Caris LeVert breakthrough looks like the real thing
New York Post | Mar 6