Still without Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert, Dinwiddie and the Nets keep winning. After a month and a half of nothing but .500 ball, the Nets have taken the next step. After starting 10-10 the Nets have now won 6 of their last 9. This includes this past week of December 15th through the 22nd with wins over the Hawks and Pelicans.
A Week of Struggles
The Nets played 2 of the bottom 3 teams this week, and a Spurs team who has endured some early season struggles. These 3 teams at the end of the week have a combined 24-64 record. The Nets winded up scathing the week with a 2-1 record but they could have easily been 0-3. Let’s get into this week recap and how the Nets did this week.
Close One in New Orleans
The Nets kicked their week off with a 108-101 OT victory in New Orleans. This game was slow through 3 quarters, as both teams were in the 60s to start the 4th. Dinwiddie had 31 in this contest with Joe Harris adding 24 of his own. The offense struggled heavily thought the first 3 quarters in this one. However, they picked up the slack in the next 17 minutes of play scoring 47 points. It was a tight one, but the Nets left unscathed and moved to fight another day winning this one 108-101.
Second-Half Woes in San Antonio
What was an ugly win in New Orleans, the Nets continued their road trip on Wednesday. They moved on to face the struggling Spurs this season. The Nets in this one, led by as much as 14 in the first half and had provided themselves a nice 6-point cushion at halftime. That was in-before the 2nd half. They were outscored 67-49 in the 2nd half. This gave the Spurs their 11th win on the year and brought a Nets team that has been average all season, down again. Dinwiddie again provided the workload with a career -high 41 points, but it was not enough in the end.
Comeback Win in Brooklyn
The Nets returned home after their brief 2-game road-trip to face one of the worst team in the league — the Hawks. And, to start the game off, you would have thought the Hawks were the better team. Brooklyn was taking bad shots, could not defensive rebound and also could not play defense. They trailed going into the half 73-60, and trailed by as much as 18. The 2nd half was a different story. Where the 3rd quarter was evenly balanced, the 4th was all Nets. Brooklyn overcame a 47-point bomb from Young in this one and behind a 4th quarter where they outscored a depleted Hawks team 37-14, they were able to comeback and win this one. Dinwiddie once again had 39 points and DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds off the bench. Brooklyn defeated the Hawks, 122-112.
Dinwiddie led the team to a 2-1 record while putting up numbers you would not think would come from him. He had 3 30-point games and even one of those was a 40-point game. Without LeVert, Irving and now Nwaba, Dinwiddie has really shown what he can do as a number one option. He should well be Eastern Conference Player of the Week and also could be heading to an all-star game with these numbers. Where there was good, there was bad. Nets got the news that bench-man David Nwaba would miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right achilles in the loss at San Antonio. This loss is major for Kenny Atkisnon as Nwaba was playing well for his bench crew.
Brooklyn will have a rather slow week with no Christmas Day game on Wednesday. They play host to the Knicks on Thursday before flying to H-town to greet James Harden and the 3rd seed Rockets. Saturday should be a real key test into the heart and soul of this Nets team.
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