Brooklyn Nets vowed last week that they will field a team in Orlando, but it appears this will be a surprisingly tough task. On Tuesday, Nets found out that guard Spencer Dinwiddie will be among the players to miss the NBA season restart, as he continues to be positive for coronavirus.
Dinwiddie was first diagnosed with the virus in late June but intended to join the team if his condition gets better. However, after the most recent test came back positive, the 27-year-old and Nets’ doctors decided that it would be best if he sits out the rest of 2019/20.
Dinwiddie confirmed his decision on social media, writing that he “will be supporting the guys every step of the way!”
Spencer Dinwiddie emerged as one of the Nets’ most valuable players this season, averaging 20.6 points per game. He was also adding 3.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game.
Before the NBA suspended the season, Nets already lost All-Stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for the season due to injuries. Then, in recent weeks, the team’s starters Wilson Chandler and De’Andre Jordan decided not to take part in the NBA season restart due to health concerns.
Now, with Dinwiddie also out, Nets face an almost impossible task of playing meaningful basketball in the playoffs. They are currently sitting at No.7 in the East with 30-34 record, being scheduled to face the defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors in the first round.