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Harris came off the bench again Sunday, while Aaron Gordon was moved into the starting lineup at small forward. Harris put up 11 points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 6-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 30 minutes.

Harris has played three straight games off the bench since returning from his sprained ankle, and it appears coach Jacque Vaughn might bring Harris off the bench for the foreseeable future. Playing Harris off the bench allows him to be aggressive on offense and keeps the ball moving in the starting lineup, which plays to Victor Oladipo, Elfird Payton, and Channing Frye's strengths. While Harris should have good enough value to roster in 12-team leagues even if he's coming off the bench, managers in 10-team leagues will want to at least peruse the other options on the waiver wire as long as Harris is playing a limited bench role.

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Harris scored nine points (4-14 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1) to go along with two rebounds and one assist during his 29 minutes off the bench against the Knicks on Friday.

Coach Jacque Vaughn's intent is to keep Harris on the bench moving forward. The forward's first two games back from an ankle injury have been underwhelming as he's yet to play at least 30 minutes since the five-game absence. The 22-year-old was in the midst of the best season of his career but a new role as a reserve player is threatening that accolade. Unless he's moved back to the starting lineup at some point in the future, it appears that the second half of the season is shaping up to be less productive for the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Harris is expected to come off the bench for the time being, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Harris said, "I talked to Coach. He feels it's best for our team if I come off the bench. He thinks we'll be a better team that way. Do I like it? No. But I'm a professional."

Coach Jacque Vaughn said, "I just think overall [it helps] the balance of our group right now. He's getting himself back into shape after missing two weeks. And that's about it." The team changed their offensive philosophy while Harris sat due to an ankle injury. With the fast-paced tempo yielding mixed results, Vaughn may want to give Harris a few games to adjust. That said, the precedent exists for Vaughn reducing Harris' minutes and role. Last season, Vaughn started Kyle O'Quinn over Harris the final 19 games. Then when Nikola Vucevic was ultimately shut down, Vaughn chose to start Dewayne Dedmon the final six games instead of inserting Harris back into the starting lineup. Harris is currently averaging a team-high 35.0 minutes per game.

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Harris (ankle) came off the bench during Wednesday's loss to the Pistons, finishing with 19 points (7-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes.

Harris had missed the last five games with an ankle injury, so it was good to see him come out right where he left off before the injury. Considering he only played 25 minutes, it looks as if he was on a minutes restriction, as he's averaging 35 minutes per game on the season. Barring any unknown setbacks, there's a good chance Harris moves back into the starting lineup and plays without restrictions in Friday's game against the New York Knicks, as he didn't seem to have any problems Wednesday. It's probably a situation to monitor all the way up until Friday though, as coach Jacque Vaughn may not want to push Harris into heavy minutes too quickly.

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Harris (ankle) has been activated for Wednesday's game, the Orlando Sentinel's Joshua Robbins reports.

The Magic are deactivating Moe Harkless and Andrew Nicholson, so the expectation is that Harris will see plenty of minutes in his return to action, and should be deployed as usual.

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Harris (ankle) is likely to be activated for Wednesday's game against the Pistons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Technically, Harris remains a game-time decision, but at this point it looks like the forward will return Wednesday after missing the last five games. Check back prior to the 7:30 PM ET for a final update on Harris' status.

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Harris (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's contest against the Pistons, John Denton of the Magic's official site reports.

Harris is still dealing with a left ankle sprain he suffered earlier in January, but did participate in practice Tuesday and reportedly felt good afterward. His status for Wednesday's game should be cleared up closer to the 8:00 PM ET tipoff.

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Harris (ankle) has not had any setbacks with his ankle sprain, and he's feeling better, taking shots and going through individual workouts, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Magic are one of six teams with three games this week, while the other 24 teams all play four games, making Harris a player that's better left on benches in weekly lineups for Week 13. While this news is somewhat encouraging, it also lacks in specifics regarding a possible return date, making it risky to put Harris into weekly lineups after he's already missed five game with the injury.

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Harris (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game, NBA.com reports.

This will mark the fifth straight game that Harris will miss with this ankle injury, which appears a bit more serious than the Magic initially let on. Continue to consider Harris day-to-day though don't be surprised if this is not the last game Harris misses before he makes his eventual return.

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Harris (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

After sitting out Wednesday's win over the Rockets, Harris will miss his fourth consecutive game Friday. He's considered day-to-day, but the fact that he's been ruled out well in advance of Friday's matchup indicates that a return may not be imminent. His next chance to play will come Sunday when the Magic host Oklahoma City. Coach Jacque Vaughn announced rookie Devyn Marble will continue to start in Harris' place.