2. LeVert finding his offensive flow
After struggling mightily to find his rhythm on the offensive end since returning from a 42-game absence with a dislocated foot, Caris LeVert has put together back-to-back solid performances for the first time since coming back.
The Brooklyn Nets’ leading scorer early in the season before his injury, LeVert has had difficulty getting things rolling again, but he scored 16 points with seven assists in the double-overtime loss at Portland on Monday.
On Thursday in Philadelphia, LeVert followed that up with 18 points — matching his high since returning — while logging 28 minutes off the bench.
He wound up 6-for-14 after going 5-for-8 at Portland, but 34 points in back-to-back games is a very encouraging sign. It’s just the third time he’s done it in 20 games since his return.
LeVert scored 12 points in consecutive games around the All-Star break and then had 18 and 14 respectively in wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.
Maybe the most encouraging sign is his 12 free throw attempts in the last two games. LeVert is drawing contact again and getting to the line after attempting 25 foul shots in his first 18 games back.
LeVert also did some solid work on the glass with four rebounds and had three assists to go with a steal and a block Thursday. He had seven dimes and three rebounds against Portland.
In the last two games, LeVert has 34 points on 11-of-22 shooting, while hitting 3-of-6 from deep and going 9-for-12 at the line.
If LeVert can put up another strong showing against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, it might be a sign he’s really all the way back … finally.