Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert will sit out Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz after suffering a sprained thumb.
On Sunday night, the Brooklyn Nets suffered an injury-related setback in their loss to the Phoenix Suns. In the midst of the defeat, small forward Caris LeVert suffered a sprained thumb after taking a fall. He left the game early and went for an MRI on Monday.
“It first happened in the second quarter, and it got banged again in the third quarter. So it happened a couple times,” LeVert said, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “It happened on a back cut, got banged.”
Now, the team is announcing that LeVert will sit out for their game on Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz. It’s unclear how long this sprained thumb will keep LeVert on the sidelines.
This will be LeVert’s first missed game of the year. He’s appeared and started in all nine of the team’s games up until this point. LeVert is no stranger to injuries, however. Last year, he missed 42 games after suffering a subtalar dislocation of his right foot.
In this past loss, LeVert dropped eight points, snatched two rebounds, and dished out five assists in 26 minutes on the floor. He did this all on 40% shooting from the field. Thus far on the year, LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists on 42.1% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from behind the arc.
The Nets, despite adding superstar point guard Kyrie Irving this past offseason, are still looking to find their rhythm. They’re 4-5, sitting in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn tips off against the Jazz on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET.