On Wednesday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 128-120.
It was another tough loss for the Cavaliers but following the game, head coach J.B. Bickerstaff had a lot of positive words for one of the team’s stars.
He noted that Caris LeVert did all he could to carry the team, scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 assists while going 13-of-16 from the free throw line.
That's why we call him the X-factor.💥@CarisLeVert | 29 PTS, 5 ASTS, 5 REBS, 3 BLKS, 13/16 FTM
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 9, 2023
LeVert’s 29 were a team high but it wasn’t enough.
OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was again on a tear and scored 43 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists, and the Cavaliers just couldn’t stop him.
This is LeVert’s eighth season in the NBA and his third with Cleveland.
He is currently averaging 18.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, which are the best numbers of his time with the Cavaliers.
He is also getting more time on the floor than ever before, with just over 33 minutes per game.
If he keeps playing like this, Bickerstaff will give LeVert more time to show off his skills and attempt to carry the team.
The young season has been full of ups and downs for the Cavaliers so far, and they just started a short road trip.
They will next face off against the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Portland Trail Blazers.
The team’s roster is healthy again and now is the time for them to start accumulating some important wins.
On Wednesday night, LeVert led the way for his team, but they will obviously need more than just him if they wish to improve their 3-5 record.