Spencer Dinwiddie’s immediate future is in doubt as the Brooklyn Nets point guard figures out whether he should have surgery.
The Brooklyn Nets could be dealing with another devastating injury to one of their young stars. Spencer Dinwiddie is dealing with a torn ligaments in his right thumb and he is contemplating whether or not to have surgery.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 24, 2019
Expected to miss (4-6) weeks receiving 2nd evaluation…
— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) January 24, 2019
The Nets and Dinwiddie plan to evaluate the situation and provide more details when they make a decision, but former NBA player and host of Fox Sports’ Chris & Caron Show Caron Butler took to Twitter to say Dinwiddie will miss four to six weeks.
Dinwiddie has been key for Brooklyn’s success this year. The dynamic point guard is a contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award and he recently tallied 29 points in a hard-fought victory over the Orlando Magic.
The Nets are already dealing with an injury to Caris LeVert and although the team regained its footing, losing Dinwiddie for an extended period of time would be difficult to bounce back from. LeVert is expected to return sometime this season, but it’s unclear how long it will take him to get back to full strength.
D’Angelo Russell now has even more pressure to perform at a high level. The fourth-year guard is playing like an All-Star and he’s finally developing into the star many expected him to become when he was drafted second overall in 2015. Russell has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders without the team’s other two main shot creators. Dinwiddie has played a vital role on the second unit and down the stretch of games, but Russell is the leading man right now.
The Nets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA, but losing Dinwiddie will test the team’s mettle. Head coach Kenny Atkinson has done a masterful job up to this point. He’ll need to figure out how to keep the winning streak going without two of the team’s three best players in the meantime.
Dinwiddie’s situation is still in flux, but the Nets are going to need to rebound from a tough injury once again.