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Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Spencer Dinwiddie is ‘very close’ to returning

Kenny Atkinson, Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told local reporters on Wednesday that point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is “very close” to returning to the lineup.

Dinwiddie suffered torn ligaments in his right thumb back in January and underwent surgery on Jan. 28. The Nets said the scoring guard was going to be out four to six weeks.

Spencer Dinwiddie is one of the best bench players in the entire NBA. In 49 games this season, Dinwiddie is averaging 17.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nets are 32-30 on the season, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Brooklyn is going to be even more dangerous on offense once Dinwiddie returns to the lineup. The one-two punch of Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell at the  guard position has been a lethal combo for the Nets this season.

Earlier this season, the Nets signed Dinwiddie to a three-year extension worth $34 million. The franchise didn’t want to let Dinwiddie enter the open market in the summer.

It would be a great story if Brooklyn finishes out the season strong and makes the postseason. The organization hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015.