Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie looks to build off game vs. Portland

The positive in the Nets' loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night was Spencer Dinwiddie.

The guard has endured a slump since taking over the starting point guard role in Ben Simmons' absence, but finished with 19 points and seven assists for a team-high plus-12 points rating.

He appeared to fill the void left by the injury-prone Simmons early on, averaging 14.7 points and four assists on 40.1 percent shooting while leading Brooklyn to a 13-10 start.

However, things suddenly changed. In the three games leading up to Wednesday, Dinwiddie averaged 3.3 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

His playing time was reduced against Miami as well, with Dennis Smith Jr. and Cam Thomas logging 32 and 31 minutes off the bench, respectively.

Spencer Dinwiddie, who scored 19 points, hit a layup in the Nets' win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. AP

The Nets have expressed interest in the Hawks' Dejounte Murray as a solution to their point guard dilemma, but Dinwiddie earns brownie points for this breakthrough against the Trail Blazers.

“Overall, I thought his downhill ability saw the floor well tonight,” head coach Jacque Vaughn said. “Just running the basketball and keeping us organized. But he has the ability to get uphill and get to the rim. [and to] We drew fouls, but we were able to do that tonight. It was good to see him being aggressive and playing to his ability in a flow. ”

Mikal Bridges is listed as possible for Friday night's game against the Lakers with a right shin contusion.

He collided with Jabari Parker in the third quarter Thursday night, forcing Bridges to the sideline.

Dayron Sharp (left knee hyperextension), Simmons (left lumbar nerve impingement) and Darik Whitehead (left shin stress reaction) will be out Friday.

Vaughn said after the loss that Lonnie Walker IV will remain limited in playing time “at least” for the remainder of his trip.

The guard is slowly working his way back after missing 17 games with a hamstring injury.

On Wednesday, he played just under 19 minutes and scored 13 points.