A pain in his lower back left Caris LeVert out of the game for most of the preseason. The first reports revealed doubts about his availability to start the season. Finally, he did not arrive on time, but he has been training in situations close to normal for days. Seeing him share a track with other teammates, the press wonders if he will be available for the next game that will face the Pacers with the Raptors. If you ask him, he is clear: “I’m ready to play.”
During the last few days, LeVert’s condition has been one of the focuses of attention in the group led by Rick Carlisle. The technician himself admitted Just yesterday not knowing ‘when he will be ready to play. I see him in shape, but jumping onto an NBA court is not like playing a party. We hope to have him back soon ». However, the casualty for today’s game lists the forward as doubtful. Going back to yesterday’s session, LeVert said he did not know if he would play this week and was confident that he would be ready as soon as possible. But his latest statements remove precautions. «I trust the coaches and the medical staff. But I’m ready to go back » I told him a Scott Agnes.
This implies that the player remains in the hands of the decision of their medical environment and that the last word is in their mouths. However, it sends the message that, if it were up to him, he would wear shorts tonight. The Pacers are 1-3, but two of those losses have been by the narrowest in tight finishes. The return of LeVert, called to be one of the team’s battering rams, should help them achieve those victories that are barely missed. He didn’t start off with the best of feet, but of course, his presence is a quality leap that the Pacers can’t give up for much longer.
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