Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie injured his left shoulder in the final minutes of the team’s loss to the shorthanded Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. Dinwiddie said after the game that his shoulder popped out and back in on a play where he was clearly fouled, despite the no-call.
The Mavs returned to practice on Monday night, and Dinwiddie did not participate in the contact portions. He was spotted watching on the sidelines with the coaching staff, but he was able to do some minimal work.
What did head coach Jason Kidd say about Dinwiddie’s injury and his status for Wednesday’s game in Boston against the Celtics? Here is a closer look.
Spencer Dinwiddie misses practice with shoulder injury: Status uncertain versus Boston Celtics
Coach Kidd had this to say when asked for an update on Dinwiddie.
"He just watched. He did some things, but he just watched pretty much our practice, but he feels good."
When asked a follow-up question about if Dinwiddie would need to miss time, Kidd had this to say.
"Not that I know of. We will see how he feels tomorrow, but I am hoping that he’s ready to go on Wednesday."
Kidd also noted that forward Maxi Kleber will go on the three-game road trip after missing the last three games with a back injury. He said Kleber did some on-court work, but the team would wait to see how he felt tomorrow for determining his status for Wednesday's game.
If Dinwiddie misses Wednesday’s game, the Mavs will be extremely light on ball handlers. Facundo Campazzo will enter the rotation as the backup point guard, but they will have to rely on Luka Doncic to carry the team. The 23-year-old superstar is already handling a massive workload, and it will only expand if Dinwiddie is sidelined. Dallas needs another ball-handler, but they will not be able to acquire one before Wednesday's game in Boston.
Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for updates on Spencer Dinwiddie’s shoulder injury, and all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks this season.