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Caris LeVert talks injury, disappointment

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After missing tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Caris LeVert will have missed six of nine games leading up to the All-Star Break.

The break gives LeVert some additional time to heal from a sprained knee suffered on a precisely executed screen from Nene during the February 6 Rockets game. It obliterated the second-year Net, leaving him bloody and embarrassed. With both concussions symptoms that went away “in a couple of days” and the sprain, he has been sidelined since.

Eight days later, LeVert says he is feeling much better. Wednesday afternoon was his first time speaking to the media since the injury.

“I feel a lot better. I’m just trying to get back to 100 percent,” he said. “We haven’t really put a timetable on when I’m going to return. Hopefully it’ll be soon. I’ve been feeling better every day, that’s the positive – it was a sprained knee, so hopefully I’ll be back soon, like a week or so.”

While it is unclear just how soon he’ll return, but with him and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, got a groin strain, what is clear is that the Nets have struggled, to say the least. LeVert says he likes what he’s seen out of his teammates, but although the Nets are close to surpassing last season’s win total, just enough is not enough.

“We’ve been fighting hard,” LeVert said, offering his observations of the team in his absence. “We came out to some tough starts to start the last couple of games but I like the fight that we’ve had in the second half and the fourth quarter of the last couple of games. Hopefully we can take that and put in into the first half.”

“We’re trying to focus on this season and get better every day,” he added. “We have 19 wins, we had 20 last year, but we want more as a team. We feel like we should have more.”

Indeed. And if the Nets are going to get to 25 or 30 wins over the next 25 games, both he and RHJ will have to be active.