Spencer Dinwiddie Eyeing to Return if Nets Make NBA Finals
- Spencer Dinwiddie is eyeing to return if the Nets make the NBA Finals.
- Dinwiddie suffered a partial ACL tear last December and has been rehabbing in Los Angeles.
- But before Brooklyn thinks about getting him back, the Nets have to beat the Bucks who have tied their series at 2 wins apiece.
With their current injury woes, the Brooklyn Nets would welcome the return of Spencer Dinwiddie in the current playoffs.
The Nets have the NBA’s best superstar trio in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. However, Brooklyn has not been able to keep the three healthy together for the most part of the season, including the playoffs.
Harden has not played since injuring his hamstring in the opening minute of Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite that, the Nets cruised to a 2-0 series lead. Milwaukee won Game 3 and then Brooklyn lost Kyrie Irving to an ankle sprain in Game 4, which the Bucks also won. Irving’s injury doesn’t look as serious as Harden’s but given that teams have no margin for error in the playoffs, they need every man in every game.
Dinwiddie Could Return in the Finals
Spencer Dinwiddie is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from an ACL injury and could return for the postseason 👀
(Via NY Daily News) pic.twitter.com/XGhEBcCxLH
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 12, 2021
Dinwiddie played in only two games this season after suffering a partially torn ACL last December. He has been rehabbing in Los Angeles and in April, it was reported that Dinwiddie has been ahead of his recovery timetable and could return to the Nets during the 2021 playoffs.
According to a source close to the Nets, Dinwiddie is eyeing to play if the Nets make the NBA championship.
Source: Spencer Dinwiddie eyeing injury return for NBA Finals, to be on sidelines supporting the Nets “sooner than later.”https://t.co/UrIKdUChZi
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) June 12, 2021
Game 1 of the NBA Finals begin on July 8th which would mark the 6th month after Dinwiddie’s surgery. Dinwiddie reportedly believes that he can come back “faster” from his injury especially since it is just partial tear.
The 28-year old guard is coming off season where he posted career-highs across the board. Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game during the 2019-20 season but that was when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant were both injured. In the two games he played with Kyrie and KD this year, Dinwiddie averaged just 6.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
See You in Brooklyn
We’ll see you in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/zPo7hstXGt
But before Dinwiddie and the Nets can think about a reunion on the court soon, Brooklyn needs to make the Finals first. Sure, the Nets are just six wins away from that but remember that they have lost their last two games to the Bucks and during Sunday’s defeat, they lost Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury. Game 5 of the series though will be in Brooklyn where the Nets were 28-8 during the regular season and 5-0 in the playoffs.
According to head coach Steve Nash, the x-rays on Irving’s ankle were negative but Nash says Irving will underdo further testing and treatment.
— TalkBasket (@TalkBasket) June 13, 2021
There is no word yet on whether Irving will miss any game but if he does, it’s going to be a big blow for the Nets who struggled with their offense after Irving left.
The Nets looked like they were going to run away with the series after Game 2. They were less than a minute away from taking a 3-0 lead too. But the Bucks dug deep and now they have tied the series at two games apiece with Harden and Irving uncertain for Game 5. Buckle your seatbelts, this is going to be an exciting best-of-three affair now.