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Caris LeVert returns to form, but can he stay at that level for final playoff push?

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Since making his return on February 8, Caris LeVert had (by far) his best showing in the Nets’ 131-121 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night.

The third-year pro netted 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, also hitting 4-of-8 from three and 4-of-6 on free throws. The point tally is LeVert’s fifth highest total of the entire season and the most he’s had in a single game since November 6 in Phoenix, a week before he dislocated his right foot.

Moreover, in 30 minutes off the bench, LeVert also dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.

“I thought, the confidence level, number-one, and the physical level – I thought that was the Caris from the beginning of the year,” Kenny Atkinson remarked after Monday’s game. “How athletic he looked, how fast he looked, and I loved how, just his confidence, you can see that. We stuck with him and that bodes well for him in the future.”

LeVert essentially agreed, and even offered that he’s felt like his old self for the past two weeks.

Throughout the game, LeVert showcased a well-balanced attack on offense —driving and finishing at the rim or hitting shots from deep while also creating plays for others down the stretch.

Given that the playoffs are basically here, the Nets will need every ounce of the best LeVert can provide. Monday is not to be expected every night, but it’s good for Brooklyn to know that it’s there again.

A closer look at how he performed...

And here are the striking similarities from his outing against Milwaukee to what LeVert showcased in the fall before his November 12 injury in Minnesota.

On Wednesday, LeVert and the Nets will host the Toronto Raptors. LeVert has played one game against Toronto this season, back on February 11, his second game after returning from injury. The 6’7” swingman finished with six points, four assists and five turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench, clearly very early in his return form.

Now, LeVert has at least touched a different level. Given the intensity of their playoff push, the Nets will need LeVert to stay up there.