Since Kyrie Irving went down, Spencer Dinwiddie has taken charge in Brooklyn. Coming into Monday night in Cleveland, Dinwiddie had averaged 25 points and 6.2 assists a game with a 60.9 true shooting percentage as a starter — and the Nets had gone 4-1.
Make that 5-1 because Dinwiddie hit the game-winner against the Cavaliers.
That gave Dinwiddie 23 points on the night (on 10-fo-24 shooting) and nine assists. It was a perfect nightcap to a day where he was named the NBA player of the Week for his performance since Irving went down.
With him at the helm, the Nets look more like the playoff team of a season ago. The offense has looked and flowed better, with the team making 36 more passes a game in those five games (coming in to Cleveland).
The challenge for Kenny Atkinson and the staff in Brooklyn ultimately is to get Irving and Dinwiddie on the court at the same time and on the same page. But that can wait until after Thanksgiving (Irving is out until then, at least, with his shoulder impingement).
For now, the Nets can just ride the Dinwiddie wave.