Spellman has started the past two games for the Hawks due to the absence of Dewayne Dedmon (ankle), averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists in 26.0 minutes. However, with Dedmon back in the starting five, Spellman will resume his usual role off the bench.
Spellman has been a fixture with the G League's Erie BayHawks for much of the past month, but he was afforded some extended run with the parent club Sunday with Dewayne Dedmon (ankle) sitting out. John Collins shifted over to center to create a spot in the starting five for Spellman, who tied his prior season-best marks in both treys and blocks. He'll likely see his minutes tail off considerably if Dedmon is back in action Tuesday against the Thunder, but Spellman's performance may have been enough for him to maintain a rotation spot over Justin Anderson and/or Vince Carter for the time being.
Spellman missed his lone shot attempt and didn't accrue any other statistics while seeing run in garbage time. The Hawks ran a nine-man rotation until blowing the game open in the third quarter, so Spellman likely won't be in line for much run off the bench in competitive contests while he's up with Atlanta.
Though Atlanta was without two reserve big men in Alex Len (back) and Miles Plumlee (knee), Spellman was eased back into the rotation after missing the last eight games with an injury of his own. It's possible that the rookie sees a slight spike in playing time if both Len and Plumlee are sidelined Friday in Minnesota, but Spellman was barely clinging to a rotation spot prior to getting hurt. He may struggle to get off the bench in most games once Atlanta is back to full strength.
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