Plumlee will come off the bench Sunday against the Pistons, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports. In his last five starts, Plumlee has averaged 3.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 blocks in just over 16 minutes per contest. The Hawks will opt to go with Dewayne Dedmon at center, who will be tasked with containing one of the league's most dynamic new frontcourts in Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Plumlee will likely see a small minutes reduction with his move to the bench.
Plumlee provided zero points (0-1 FG), six rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes during Monday's 102-99 win over the Spurs. Plumlee continues to deliver modest returns in most areas while adding decent contributions on the boards. However, typically he is good for a couple easy finishes around the rim on offense. Through 24 appearances, Plumlee has scored in double figures just twice, with season highs of 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. He's only useful in the deepest fantasy leagues, as the Hawks are funneling a lot of minutes toward developing the young talent on the roster. Moreover, coach Mike Budenholzer relies on a deep rotation on most nights.
Plumlee will start at center for Thursday's game against the Pistons, Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun reports. After starting five straight games, Plumlee shifted to a bench role Tuesday, with Tyler Cavanaugh picking up the start instead. Cavanaugh played well, but it appears the Hawks may like the matchup better with Plumlee against Andre Drummond and the Pistons Thursday. The Hawks are also welcoming John Collins (shoulder) back into the lineup, though he'll be limited off the bench. Either way, Collins return and Cavanaugh's recent uptick in play could cut into Plumlee's workload despite starting.
Plumlee will shift back to a bench role for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers, Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Plumlee has started the last five games, but hasn't been overly effective and has averaged just 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds across 17.1 minutes. With Dewayne Dedmon (leg), John Collins (shoulder) and Mike Muscala (ankle) all still out, Plumlee should still see a slightly elevated role, though the Hawks are set to experiment with Tyler Cavanaugh in the top unit instead. That sends Plumlee back to a reserve role.
Plumlee's marijuana citation from earlier this summer has been dismissed, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. This simply means that Plumlee won't face any discipline by the league or the Hawks themselves, so look for him to take the court as scheduled moving forward. With Mike Muscala (ankle), John Collins (shoulder) and Dewayne Dedmon (leg) out, Plumlee should continue to start at center and see a increased role for the time being.
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