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Spencer Dinwiddie injures thumb, out for 4-6 weeks

The former Buffalo suffered the injury in the midst of a terrific season.

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Brooklyn Nets Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries happen, and when they occur to an invaluable player during a crucial point in the season, they make ruin an entire season. Spencer Dinwiddie, former Colorado Buffaloes star and current Brooklyn Nets hero, tore a ligament in his thumb and will be out for some time. Fortunately, though, this injury isn’t nearly as devastating as his torn ACL.

The injury was first reported before the Nets’ game on Thursday. Dinwiddie was listed as questionable to suit up and in need of evaluation. During which, they found ligament damage that may need surgery. As former NBA player Caron Butler reported, he will likely be out 4-to-6 weeks.

As we wrote up last week, Dinwiddie has emerged as a fantastic player for the Nets. With him leading the bench and playing 30 minutes per game, Brooklyn is in position to make the playoffs despite a rash of injuries. Thanks to the former Buff, as well as other castoffs from around the NBA, the Nets are thriving as an Island of Misfit Toys. Hopefully coach Kenny Atkinson will be able to replace his production until he recovers. The NBA needs playoffs Dinwiddie.

Dinwiddie recently signed a 3-year, $34 million, and with D’Angelo Russell’s impending free agency, he is secured as an essential piece of Brooklyn’s future.

If there’s any good news, it’s that Dinwiddie’s right thumb is still healthy enough to send off tweets.

Dinwiddie’s injury is yet another for the former Buffaloes in the NBA.

Andre Roberson is currently out with a ruptured patellar tendon, an injury he sustained a year ago, but he should return soon for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Alec Burks has long been plagued by injuries, and though he’s healthy playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, his injury history is what led to him being dispensable with the Utah Jazz. (By the way, watch for Burks to be traded in February. He’s an expired contract and can provide real value off the bench.)

Derrick White is breaking out with the San Antonio Spurs, but he was set back earlier this season by a heel injury that forced him to miss the opening seven games; he also had wrist issues last season.

Not to be forgotten, George King is healthy and thriving in the G-League and even made an appearance for the Phoenix Suns in December.