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Nets’ Caris LeVert reportedly to return to lineup Saturday following thumb surgery

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BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 4: Caris LeVert #22 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 4, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Caris LeVert has been out of the Brooklyn lineup since Nov. 12 due to surgery to repair ligaments torn in his right thumb. Combined with the shoulder injury to Kyrie Irving (out nearly as long), the Nets have yet to look like the team we expected on the court this season (16-17, battling for one of the last playoff spots in the East).

That’s about to change — LeVert should return on Saturday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This should be a huge boost to a Brooklyn offense that is currently bottom 10 in the league. LeVert started every game before his injury this season and averaged 16.8 points, five rebounds, and four assists. The Nets were +7.3 per 100 possessions when he is on the court.

LeVert has been unlucky with injuries; he missed half of last season with a dislocated right foot. These are fluke things, not chronic ones, hopefully, the basketball gods will smile upon him and let LeVert stay on the court for a while this season and pick up the Nets.

There remains no real clarity on a possible return date for Irving, who has battled a shoulder issue. He was not with the team on a recent three-game road trip and has yet to practice with the squad.