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Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Spencer Dinwiddie is ‘playing as good as anyone in the NBA right now’

Spencer Dinwiddie, Kenny Atkinson, Nets

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson says guard Spencer Dinwiddie is “playing as good as anyone in the NBA right now.”

Dinwiddie put up 32 points and 11 assists on Friday against the Boston Celtics to help the Nets improve to 10-9 on the season:

Dinwiddie has had to put on his Superman cape for the Nets, who are playing without superstar point guard Kyrie Irving. Uncle Drew is dealing with a shoulder injury, so Dinwiddie is the main option on offense sans Irving.

Dinwiddie is averaging 20.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The 26-year-old is shooting 41.8 percent overall, 31.6 percent from the 3-point line and 86.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Dinwiddie averaged 25.3 points, 6.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds as the Nets went 3-1 last week. He was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week as a result of his stellar play. Until Irving comes back from his injury, Dinwiddie will have to continue to put up strong numbers for the Nets to stay afloat in the East.

The Nets host the Miami Heat on Sunday. It doesn’t sound like Irving will play, so Dinwiddie will once again have a high usage rate and be asked to carry the load on offense. It’s a role he’s flourishing in so far.