March 1, 2017, 9:13 am
Nerlens Noel was slated to start for the injured Wesley Matthews tonight but will instead come off the bench for being late to the team plane.
It’s a silly incident for Noel, but it shouldn’t matter too much in the long run. The important thing here is that he’s been tabbed to start. The Mavs view Noel as a long-term solution in their frontcourt, so he’s primed for a big finish even if he’s being disciplined tonight. Him coming off the bench extends a possible buy-low window, so get on it if you need defensive stats. Dorian Finney-Smith will start tonight instead.