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Michigan NBA Playoff Player of the Week: Caris LeVert

The former Michigan star tallied 23 points in 23 minutes for Brooklyn this weekend.

Brooklyn Nets v Philadelphia 76ers - Game One Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, and several former Wolverines is still lacing up. D.J. Wilson is coming off the bench for Milwaukee, the Eastern Conference favorites. The Pistons were the Bucks punching bag Sunday, giving reserve wing Glenn Robinson some extended minutes late.

However, Nets guard Caris LeVert represented the maize and blue contingent best this weekend. In Game One at Philadelphia, he tallied 23 points in just 23 minutes to spark a 111-102 road upset for Brooklyn.

LeVert went 8-of-18 from the field, including 3-for-3 from behind the arc. He also snagged four rebounds and dished two assists.

It seems that LeVert is finally finding his November form. He averaged just under 20 points per game before dislocating his foot. When he returned in February, he needed to break off a fair amount of rust, failing to hit double-digits in 10 of his first 25 games back.

Since posting a donut against the Lakers on March 22, he has averaged 16.7 points per contest while eclipsing 20 points three times.

“It was big. Especially because, you know we got the win. I’d said all along, I wasn’t really too worried about my offense, I knew it would come at any point,” he said in the postgame. “My teammates have been confident in me every step of the way, telling me to keep going and that’s all you can ask for.”

He’s now part of a burgeoning backcourt led by D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie. With a 1-0 lead already and three home games remaining in the series, LeVert could be seeing much more playoff time to show off his rediscovered game.