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Updating a previous item, Malcolm Delaney will start over Dennis Schroder.

Schroder is expected to play, but he'll be eased back in after his suspension on Friday.
Feb 25 - 7:02 PM

Nerlens Noel will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He is going to start very soon, but the Mavs will go with Dirk Nowitzki at center for at least one more time. Noel isn't in a better system compared to Philly, but there's no doubt he'll be getting more playing time. He should be a mid-round guy going forward.
Feb 25 - 7:00 PM

Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday.

He will get the Jimmy Butler assignment tonight and should get some decent minutes. In the last game without LeBron, Jefferson scored just two points in 22 minutes. He should be better than that because Kevin Love (knee) did play, but RJ is a risky DFS play. Expect more shots going to Channing Frye and Kyle Korver, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:58 PM

LeBron James (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday night.

He is not even in the building due to his illness. Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron, but it'll obviously be a team effort to replace James' elite passing, 37.5 minutes and 29.2 usage rate. Via NBAWowy, Kyrie Irving has a whopping 45.5 usage rate in his 149 minutes without LeBron and Kevin Love(knee). There should be more shots for basically the entire rotation, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:49 PM

Malcolm Delaney will move back to the bench on Saturday.

He was a letdown in his first NBA start with just 23 minutes despite no backup. Delaney has been better than expected, but he's still slightly subpar compared to other backups.
Feb 25 - 6:48 PM

Paul George (cramp) and Thaddeus Young (wrist) both are expected to play against the Heat on Saturday.

This has been the story all along since George had a cramp late in the fourth quarter. Expect him to play and be heavily hydrated tonight.
Feb 25 - 6:47 PM

Al Jefferson (dental pain) is out for Saturday against the Heat.

He had a procedure earlier this week and will miss his second straight game. Rakeem Christmas was the backup five and actually played well, so maybe he can get 15 minutes behind Myles Turner. Christmas isn't an add almost anywhere, of course.
Feb 25 - 6:44 PM

Coach Erik Spoelstra said "everything is fluid" regarding Josh Richardson's minutes.

We saw Richardson make his return on Friday, but Wayne Ellington actually came in before him. "I'm going to work him in as much as I can, but I'm not going to force it," Spoelstra said. Richardson is still worth owning in standard leagues, but it's likely going to take a week to get him up to speed.
Feb 25 - 6:23 PM
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