2. Dinwiddie looks to keep it rolling
Spencer Dinwiddie has had a pretty damned good month of December so far.
Dinwiddie, who signed a three-year, $34.3 million extension with the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, is averaging 21.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists in seven games this month, shooting 50.5 percent overall and 34.2 percent from 3-points range in 30.4 minutes per game.
And during Brooklyn’s four-game winning streak, Dinwiddie has really mashed down the turbo button.
Dinwiddie is averaging 27 points and 6.3 assists over his last four games, shooting 53.7 percent and making 8-of-20 from the land of 3.
That includes a career-high 39 points against the Philadelphia 76ers in a big road win on Wednesday and three straight games with at least 25 points, the longest streak by a Nets’ reserve since Basketball Reference’s full statistical database begins in 1983-84.
In the last three games, Dinwiddie has been much more assertive off the dribble, averaging almost 18 drives per game and shooting 18-for-27 on those runs to the rim.
That has also led to him getting to the line regularly. Dinwiddie has attempted 33 free throws in the last three games and he is 22-for-25 in the last two games from the stripe.
Dinwiddie has also gotten the call to close out the last two games, with starter D’Angelo Russell watching from the sidelines during crunch time.
He has scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games this season, including 26 of 27 when used as a reserve and has scored at least 10 points in each of his last 23 games off the bench.
Given the Hawks allow an NBA-worst 118.4 points per game, they seem an unlikely candidate to slow Dinwiddie’s roll.