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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie could play through thumb injury, postpone surgery until offseason

Spencer Dinwiddie

Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson told local reporters on Friday that point guard Spencer Dinwiddie could play through his thumb injury for the rest of the season and undergo surgery in the offseason.

Dinwiddie has torn ligaments in his right thumb. A final course of action hasn’t been decided yet, per ESPN’s Ian Begley:

On Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Spencer Dinwiddie is evaluating his surgery options and could miss four to six weeks because of the injury.

Dinwiddie, arguably the best backup point guard in the NBA, is having a stellar season for the Nets. The 25-year-old is averaging 17.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Brooklyn enters Friday with a record of 26-23, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Nets are trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2015.

The last game Spencer Dinwiddie played in was on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic. He scored 29 points and probably did it with torn ligaments in his thumb. The guard is as tough as they come in the NBA.

Brooklyn signed Dinwiddie to a three-year, $34 million contract extension in December.