The Brooklyn Nets will be without their starting shooting guard Caris LeVert. This news may come as a surprise to many, but he is expected to miss Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz due to a right thumb sprain. According to CBS Sports, the injury occurred during the second quarter of the game against the Phoenix Suns.
Without realizing the severity of the injury, Caris LeVert continued to play through it. This is not to say that he is going to miss an extended amount of time. Within the next few days, Caris LeVert will undergo an MRI in which more information will be revealed.
This is a significant loss for the Brooklyn Nets as Caris LeVert is having a strong start to the season. He’s been poised for a breakout season for some time now. He’s averaging career highs in minutes, points, 3pt FG percentage, and rebounds. Caris LeVert has been a big part of Brooklyn’s success when they’ve had it through the first nine games.
He is the second-leading scorer in points (16.8ppg) after newly acquired Kyrie Irving. He is also one of Brooklyn’s better defenders on the perimeter.
Players who look to benefit from the newly free minutes are probably Dzanan Musa and David Nwaba. Both play similar positions as him and should bring the defense (Nwaba) and scoring (Musa) that the Brooklyn Nets will need to replace the absent Caris LeVert.