According to the Brooklyn Nets, star shooting guard Caris LeVert underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his thumb.
Through nine games, LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. The Nets are currently 4-6 with a Thursday night matchup against the Denver Nuggets looming.
Brooklyn has lost two of their first three on this current five-game road trip. LeVert suffered the initial injury on Sunday in a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns.
This is bad news for Brooklyn, but considering LeVert’s extensive injury history, “several weeks” could obviously be much worse. In the meantime, it looks like Garrett Temple will be stepping into the starting lineup until LeVert returns.
Although the veteran isn’t the type of player who can fill up the box score, he can provide a solid defensive presence, something the Nets are seriously lacking this season.
Additionally, Brooklyn recently signed Iman Shumpert. The wing is a below-average offensive player, but he can handle the ball and he’s a better defender than pretty much anyone on the roster right now.
And to add injury to injury, Kyrie Irving is currently listed as questionable on the NBA’s injury report with a right shoulder impingement. The Nets knew Kevin Durant wouldn’t be an option this season, but seeing the rest of the team succumbing to early injuries can’t be a good sign.