Caris LeVert finally made his return to the court for the Nets on Saturday night against the Raptors, after missing the last 24 games with a thumb injury.
LeVert, who had surgery on his thumb on Nov. 14, was expected to be back within four-to-six weeks, but the recovery time went a little longer than expected and slid into a seventh week before Saturday.
In his first game, LeVert played 16 minutes off the bench and was very efficient with his time on the court, scoring 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting -- including hitting both his attempts from beyond the three-point line.
"I felt pretty good out there," LeVert said after the game. "Obviously we wanted to get a win, but just me personally I felt pretty good."
The Nets couldn't hold on to a lead they held late in the third quarter, and ultimately were blown out in the fourth to fall to the Raptors 121-102.
Despite the loss (their fifth straight), gaining LeVert back as they continue their playoff push without Kyrie Irving could be huge for the Nets.