Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie says injuries have blinded the team from witnessing how good they could really be.
They additionally haven’t had superstar point guard Kyrie Irving for their last nine matchups, as the veteran is nursing a shoulder injury.
Therefore, the Nets have gone with Spencer Dinwiddie, who’s impressing mightily at the point guard spot. Dinwiddie dropped 29 points, snatched six rebounds, and dished out four assists in the most recent loss to the Miami Heat.
After the game, Dinwiddie noted that the team’s injury bug is actually preventing them from seeing how talented they could be.
“We have no idea what our ceiling is because we are not even close to healthy,” Dinwiddie said, per Malika Andrews of ESPN. “We really have no idea how good we could be. It is encouraging to know that our floor is continuing to rise.”
Dinwiddie shot 47.6% from the field and 44.4% from behind the arc in the loss to Miami. Brooklyn dropped to 10-10 after the defeat and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Through 20 games this year, Dinwiddie has averaged 20.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 5.9 assists on 42.2% shooting from the field and 32.5% from three.
It’s unclear when Irving will return from injury. When he does, however, it’ll be interesting to see how they alter Dinwiddie’s overall role. In Kyrie’s absence, the primary reserve guard has shown he can be a huge factor on the floor.