Dedmon (illness) will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Dedmon has been a fixture in the Spurs' starting lineup throughout the later stages of the season, but a recent illness kept him out of Game 4 of the Spurs' first round series on Saturday. David Lee drew the start in his place, posting eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes, and will once again draw the start during Game 5 despite Dedmon being available. That said, with both players active, they'll likely be in a timeshare, which could mean a decrease in playing time all around, thus hurting their overall fantasy value.
Dedmon was held out of Game 4 due to an illness, but he went through a full practice Monday and will return to availability in Game 5, barring some sort of unforeseen setback. The Spurs started David Lee at center in Dedmon's place, and at this point, it's unclear which player Gregg Popovich will go with on the top unit the Spurs attempt to regain the series lead.
Dedmon (illness) participated in Monday's practice and is expected to be available for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.
Dedmon missed Saturday's Game 4 loss due to the illness, but it looks like he will be set to return Tuesday. While Dedmon started each of the first three games, he's played a total of just 38 minutes across those three contests. So, even if the big man does make a return to the starting lineup, he'll likely remain in a limited frontcourt role.
Dedmon will not play in Saturday's Game 4 against the Grizzlies due to illness.
Dedmon has started each of the first three games of the series, but he's seen a limited role, playing just 18, 10, and 10 minutes in each contest, respectively. In his absence Saturday, Pau Gasol will likely move into the starting lineup, with David Lee in line for increased minutes, as well. Consider Dedmon optimistically questionable for Tuesday's Game 5.
Dedmon provided 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 FT), 13 boards, one assist and one block across 18 minutes in a 102-89 win over the Mavericks on Friday.
Dedmon saw more touches than usual on the offensive end with the Spurs holding out seven players for rest- or injury-related reasons, including star forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, which played a major part in him claiming his sixth double-double of the season. With the Spurs locked into the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, it's expected the likes of Leonard and Aldridge will see reduced minutes or get held out entirely in the team's final three regular-season contests in preparation for the postseason, so Dedmon could potentially have a higher ceiling for production than normal down the stretch.
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