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NETS: SPENCER DINWIDDIE HAS PARTIAL ACL TEAR

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The Nets sustained two losses Sunday night in Charlotte. The team lost its first game of the season and Spencer Dinwiddie partially tore the ACL in his right knee. The injury is expected to keep the Nets starting point guard out for an extended period of time.

Shams Charania was first to report the news... implying Dinwiddie will be out for the season.

The Nets issued a statement early Monday afternoon, confirming the news of the tear, but declining to provide any further details until after Dinwiddie undergoes surgery which is scheduled for next week.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews reported Dinwiddie is expected to miss “an extended amount of time, and his ability to return this season will be dependent on his rehabilitation.”

However, Brian Lewis of the Post spoke to an orthopedist not associated with the Nets who believes a return is unlikely...

Later Monday, Steve Nash expressed his feelings about the injury...

Here’s what happened: In the opening minutes of the second half of Sunday’s game vs. the Hornets, Dinwiddie awkwardly planted his right leg off a drive-and-kick, immediately favoring his right knee and falling to the floor. Following the play, Dinwiddie limped to the sideline and walked on his own power to the locker room. As the third quarter progressed, the Nets announced that Dinwiddie was out for the remainder of the game with a right knee strain. Further evaluation was set for Monday morning in Brooklyn.

Dinwiddie, who has had a reputation for durability in the NBA, tore the ACL on his left knee his junior year at Colorado. After being drafted by the Pistons, then traded to the Bulls and sent to the G League, Dinwiddie was picked up by the Nets in December 2016, the first year of the team’s rebuild. Last season, amidst injuries to Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert, Dinwiddie stepped up and averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists before falling victim to COVID-19 in July which ended his season prior to the Orlando “bubble.”

Among those who wished Dinwiddie well was owner Joe Tsai...

Finally, late Monday, Dinwiddie, master of social media, took to Instagram to discuss his injury and offer some hope of a return...

Hang in there, Tech Guy with a Jumper.