Just when things were finally looking up for the Nets, the team took a major blow before doing battle against a crosstown rival.
Brooklyn PG Spencer Dinwiddie will undergo surgery on Monday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The recovery time is expected to be from three to six weeks.
Wojnarowski adds that Dinwiddie met with two specialists to evaluate the injury, and both recommended he undergo surgery. The 25-year-old previously had his thumb examined by one of the top hand specialists in the country as well, according to Fox Sports Radio's Caron Butler.
It is possible the injury occured after Dinwiddie took a fall and landed on his right hand during the Nets' win over the Magic on Wednesday. But he was rumored to be periodically nursing his right thumb prior that game.
Dinwiddie is the latest Net to catch the injury bug, as Allen Crabbe, Jared Dudley, Caris Levert and Dzanan Musa were all out against the Knicks on Friday night.
A top candidate for Sixth Man of the Year, Dinwiddie is a major reason the Nets entered Friday's game with a 26-23 record, and on a five-game winning streak. They currently sit sixth in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Celtics by 5.5 games.
The point guard signed a three-year contract extension worth $34 million with the Nets in early December. Dinwiddie is averaging a career-high 17.2 points with 36.6 three-pointers and five assists.