BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Caris LeVert is injured. Do not fret, it doesn’t appear to be catastrophic. Nor will the Michigan-man miss any extended period of time.
So how exactly did the injury come about? Kenny Atkinson says that LeVert was met with some contact late in Monday’s New Year’s Day affair, when the Brooklyn Nets hosted and defeated the Orlando Magic, 98-95.
Earlier on Wednesday LeVert was declared out for the night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to a left groin strain.
Atkinson notes that the absence is precautionary.
“Nothing serious. It happened at the end of the game (against Orlando). I think he got hit on a layup at the end of the game. Hopefully with the two days in between he’ll be able to go on Saturday. But nothing, just being cautious with it,” said Atkinson of LeVert, who had 15 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds against the Magic.
So that leaves the Nets without a true back-up point guard on paper against the Wolves. Atkinson says the team will do it ‘by committee,’ with Isaiah Whitehead out as well with ‘a minor knee issue.’
“Good thing is how we play, I think you’ll see Joe (Harris) bring it up, you’ll see Nik (Stauskas) bring it up, you’ll see Allen (Crabbe) bring it up. I just think when we play in different spots we can do that.”
Atkinson says it won’t be much of an issue. He even reminds us that the recently signed Milton Doyle could provide some minutes at the point.
“Milt is with us. Milt obviously knows what we’re doing. He can handle the ball, too. So we’re just going to have to figure that one as the game goes,” says Atkinson.