Brooklyn Nets Caris LeVert
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The Brooklyn Nets were dealt a massive blow on Monday when Caris LeVert left the game after suffering a gruesome injury.

Tragedy struck the Brooklyn Nets late in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With three seconds left in the second quarter, the Nets’ budding star, Caris LeVert, attempted to make a buzzer-beating chase-down block against the Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie.

LeVert, however, lost his balance in mid-air and came down on the floor awkwardly, causing his right ankle to contort to a horrifying degree. The severity of the injury was reminiscent of Gordon Hayward’s appalling ankle fracture that occurred just over a year ago.

A stretcher was brought onto the court within seconds of LeVert’s fall as the team’s medical staff helped him exit the arena.

Time appeared to stand still as fans and players alike at the Target Center held their breath, seemingly waiting for the sign that this was all a bad dream.

LeVert’s fall was so gruesome that it brought teammates Shabazz Napier and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to tears. On the other side of the court, the Minnesota Timberwolves grouped together in a huddle and offered prayers for LeVert.

Before the injury, Caris LeVert was averaging a career-high 19.0 points per game on a very impressive 47.7 percent from the field. Just three days prior to tonight’s game, LeVert had sunk a game-winning floater against the Denver Nuggets to upset the Western Conference powerhouse 112-110.


The team is still waiting for a full diagnosis of the severity of LeVert’s injury. For now, it appears that the former Wolverine broke his right ankle in multiple places. LeVert has suffered from lower body injuries before, breaking his left foot twice while at the University of Michigan.

Thoughts and prayers out to Caris LeVert. Everyone is wishing him a speedy recovery.

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