Dedmon started at center and provided six points (2-5 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and two steals across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 94-87 win over the Mavericks. While slotting in on the top unit in place of a resting Pau Gasol, Dedmon provided excellent production on the defensive side, and his success on that end of the court should continue to afford him a spot in coach Gregg Popovich's rotation throughout the season. However, his playing time will likely fall below 20 minutes in games where Gasol is available, which figures to be the case in the Spurs' next contest Friday against the Wizards.
Dedmon will start at center for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks, Tom Orsborn of San Antonio Express-News reports. Coach Gregg Popovich is opting to give Pau Gasol the night off for rest, which means Dedmon will move into the starting five. Dedmon is averaging just 13.4 minutes per game this season, but should see a significant boost in playing time with Gasol out of the lineup. David Lee will also likely slide over and soak up some of the extra minutes made available.
Dedmon (knee) will be available to play in Tuesday's game against the Magic, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports. Dedmon was able to take part in shootaround earlier in the day and after going through pregame warmups without any setbacks, he's been cleared for a return to the court. After a six-game absence, look for Dedmon to operate as the team's backup center, but considering he's averaging just 18.3 minutes per game and is fresh off any injury, it may be wise to steer clear for the time being.
Dedmon (knee) took part in shootaround Tuesday, but his status for Tuesday's game against the Magic remains clouded, Jeff Platt of Spectrum News reports. The Spurs are yet to issue any sort of official update on Dedmon, but he was going through the portion of shootaround open to the media. That's an encouraging sign, though considering Dedmon has missed the last six games, a return Tuesday is far from a guarantee. Check back closer to game-time for a more definitive update.
Dedmon (knee) will not play Saturday against the Spurs, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. Dedmon will miss a sixth consecutive game while battling a knee sprain, meaning Davis Bertans and David Lee should each continue to see a slight bump in minutes. Coach Gregg Popovich "upgraded" Dedmon to doubtful for Saturday's contest but it sounds as though he was never all that close to returning, so at this point it's difficult to gauge when he'll be back in action.
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