For the first time all season, Caris LeVert had a slow start that he couldn’t find his way back from.
Just 10 days earlier, in the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener against the New York Knicks, LeVert scored a career-high 28 points and hit the game-winning floater with a second remaining.
The Knicks got even Monday night. LeVert’s shot wasn’t falling and, while he did a nice job as a facilitator with a team-high five assists and made a couple of steals, this team already has come to rely upon LeVert as a scorer and, from that aspect, he did not deliver.
Through the magic of early-season stats, LeVert’s scoring average fell to 18.9 points per game after Monday’s debacle and his shooting is now at .481/.290/.852.
We all knew the 75.0 true shooting percentage wasn’t sustainable, but it didn’t need to invert to 57.0 so quickly.
It was a 3-pointer by Joe Harris that provided the Brooklyn Nets with their high point Monday night, a splash from the wing that gave Brooklyn a 14-5 lead. That came one possession after he drained a deep 3 above the break.
Much like the rest of the Nets, Harris’ night went downhill rapidly from there. He made just two of his final seven shots, including just one in three more attempts from deep, and wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the way.
He was active defensively, getting a couple of steals, and he did fairly well containing his assignment in Damyean Dotson.