The Nets’ first lack of the season Sunday night time at Charlotte has proved particularly expensive, with the crew asserting on Monday that Spencer Dinwiddie, who has been beginning at guard alongside Kyrie Irving, partially tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his proper knee and is out indefinitely.
Early within the second half of the Nets’ 106-104 loss to the Hornets, Dinwiddie fell to the ground clutching his proper knee after a clumsy step within the paint as he handed the ball to Kevin Durant. The crew mentioned extra particulars about Dinwiddie’s restoration are anticipated after surgical procedure subsequent week.
Dinwiddie averaged 6.7 factors, four.three rebounds and three.Zero assists in 21.four minutes per sport within the Nets’ 2-1 begin. The Nets routed Golden State at dwelling and Boston on the highway in its first two video games earlier than slumping to defeat in opposition to the Hornets, who had began Zero-2 and aren’t anticipated to contend for the playoffs within the Eastern Conference. The Nets will likely be with out Dinwiddie, Durant and Irving on Monday night time in opposition to Memphis at Barclays Center, with Durant and Irving being held out for relaxation on the second night time of a back-to-back.
Dinwiddie, 27, averaged 20.6 factors and 6.eight assists per sport final 12 months whereas Durant was sidelined for the complete season whereas recovering from an Achilles’ tendon tear and with Irving restricted to simply 20 video games by varied accidents. But Dinwiddie didn’t be part of the Nets within the bubble at Walt Disney World close to Orlando, Fla., in July, lacking the N.B.A. restart whereas recovering from Covid-19.
He earned a spot within the beginning lineup this season when the brand new Nets coach, Steve Nash, determined to deploy Caris LeVert as a sixth man, solely to be felled by the second knee damage of his profession. Dinwiddie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee throughout his junior season at Colorado.
The damage Sunday occurred on a drive to the basket in opposition to Charlotte’s Bismack Biyombo. Dinwiddie hobbled to the Nets’ bench and, after some remedy, was quickly dominated out of the sport for what was initially termed a proper knee sprain.
“When Spencer is going, he can’t be stopped — his offensive game when he’s going downhill creating shots for others,” Jarrett Allen, Dinwiddie’s teammate, advised reporters after the sport. “And even off the court, everyone loves having Spencer around. His energy, just his personality, is great in the locker room.”
Playing on what’s considered one of many N.B.A.’s most tasty contracts, Dinwiddie can change into a free agent at season’s finish or invoke a $12.three million participant possibility for the 2021-22 season.
Despite Nash’s lack of teaching expertise and uncertainty about how Durant and Irving would mesh after accidents prevented them from enjoying collectively of their first season in Brooklyn, the Nets are extensively billed as a championship contender — partly as a result of they’ve one of many league’s deepest rosters.