Since Caris LeVert returned from thumb surgery, his statistics may have dropped, but the energy level of the networks has increased.
When LeVert went down with a ligament damage to the right thumb, it averaged 16.8 points, five rebounds and four assists. He missed 24 games in a row before returning, and has since averaged 14.3 points, 2.8 boards and 2.3 assists, but also gave the Nets a boost.
"I think the numbers are getting better," said Kenny Atkinson. "His energy and how hard he plays, it's not an agenda there. It's just like this: "I'm coming out, I'm going to play hard and attack." There is no fear. It's just an incredible energy injection.
“Our activities at both ends are increasing. If you have a meter of what it looks like, it goes up. And within this, there are some mistakes and there are some mistakes; but we will live with it. I think it was a big injection of energy and its dynamic play is a big help. ”
While Kyrie Irving returned straight to the grid on Sunday after losing 26, LeVert is still coming from the bank.
"I'm just trying to come in and do plays. Whether I'm starting out or coming from the bank, I have almost the same role: coming in, causing some insult. Make games for me and others aggressively. Defensive, playing extremely hard, know the cover, ”said LeVert.
"He doesn't care. It's almost to the point where I don't have to talk to him about it. He says," Man, second team, first team, start, don't start, it doesn't matter, "said Atkinson." He's going to get minutes as he continues to build. He'll be there most of the time at the end of the game. So he's cool. We have a great relationship. "
LeVert only logged 30 minutes with Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie this season and only 20 minutes in the fourth quarter. They never appeared on the square together in Irving's return Sunday, but it does come.
"Yes, definitely," said LeVert. "Especially with these upcoming games, we've had a tough time in the next five games – Philly a couple of times, Utah, LA – and this is sure to be a good test for the team."
LeVert will wear the protective cover on his thumb for "another few weeks".
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