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Nets’ Chris Chiozza proving value in wake of Spencer Dinwiddie injury


The #Nets lost a primary ball-handler when #Spencer #Dinwiddie partially tore his ACL in #Sunday’s loss to the #Hornets.

#As a result, #Chris #Chiozza seemed to jump ahead of both #Bruce #Brown and #Tyler #Johnson in coach #Steve #Nash’s rotation. #Considering he is a natural point guard, #Chiozza is likely seen as more of a fit for the role than the others.

#In his season debut against the #Grizzlies on #Monday, #Chiozza went 5-for-14 from the floor with three 3-pointers to tie his career-high with 14 points. #He helped anchor the #Nets’ second unit, which was without #Caris #LeVert because he was promoted to starter with #Kyrie #Irving sitting out the second night of a back-to-back.

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“Cheese gave us another ball-handler tonight,” #Nash said after #Monday’s loss. “Without #Spencer and #Ky, heavy [load] on #Caris handling the ball. They were trying to take him away and deny it full court, so #Cheese really helped, not only to handle the ball, but he made some plays and scored for us.”

#Brown and #Johnson haven’t logged any minutes in the past two games, but each saw some time in the wins over the #Warriors and #Celtics when #Chiozza was inactive to start the season.

The 25-year-old #Chiozza signed his first two-way deal with the #Nets in #January. #In 18 games with them last season, #Chiozza averaged 6.4 points in 15 ½ minutes per game. #He also appeared in 10 games with the #Wizards.

#After re-signing with the #Nets on #Dec. 1, #Chiozza was waived at the conclusion of training camp before signing another two-way contract on #Dec. 22.

“It’s my job to always stay ready, I learned that last year when I got here,” #Chiozza said. “I got thrown out there when I wasn’t expecting it, but they do a good job of having me working every day, getting extra work in when I’m not playing.

“You never want to see your teammate get hurt and praying for #Spencer, we’re here for him, hopefully he makes a speedy return. #He’s a big part of this team. #While he’s out, we take it, everybody takes it, to do a little bit more than we’ve been doing, collectively.”



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