Dallas Mavericks fans feared for the worst as Spencer Dinwiddie was on the ground clutching his shoulder in the final minutes of Sunday’s shocking loss to the Denver Nuggets. The Mavs starting guard was clearly in a lot of pain, and he had to be taken out for the remainder of the game. Dallas is already light on ball handlers, so Dinwiddie missing any time could be a nightmare, especially with a difficult three-game road trip on tap.
The 6’5 guard missed Monday’s practice, but head coach Jason Kidd was hopeful he would not miss a game. Dinwiddie said after Sunday’s game that his shoulder popped out and back in. Fans were fearing the worst for Wednesday’s contest in Boston, but it turns out he is ready to go.
Dinwiddie will play on Nov. 23 against the Celtics. Here is a look at what he had to say during the team's shootaround on Wednesday morning, and what to expect from the 29-year-old in the contest.
Spencer Dinwiddie to play in Dallas Mavericks vs Celtics despite shoulder injury
Dinwiddie was listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report, but coach Kidd declared him ready to go when he met with the media prior to tipoff. Dinwiddie had this to say about the injury after telling Brad Townsend that he planned to play during shootaround.
"Yeah, I dislocated my shoulder and it went back in, but I didn’t break nothing."
Dinwiddie noted the shoulder was “sore” and that it was uncomfortable in the moment. There is zero questioning the 6’5 guard’s toughness. He is ready to bounce back and play just a few days after injuring his shoulder. Expect the Mavs to watch him closely on Wednesday night, and they could limit his minutes slightly, especially if he is bothered by the injury.
Dinwiddie is ready to go and fans should expect his normal play and production. He will be the Dallas Mavericks' number two playmaker on Wednesday night as they look to top the Celtics in Boston.
Spencer Dinwiddie will play against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 23, and fans should be watching his play and production closely to see if he is fully healthy. Jayson Tatum is playing for Celtics, and fans know Luka Doncic always goes off in Boston, so expect fireworks and do not miss it.