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Harkless played in consecutive games for the first time since just before Thanksgiving, receiving eight DNP-CDs beforehand.

Harkless played 12.5 minutes in those two games and scored 3.0 points per game. Coach Jacque Vaughn spoke to Harkless about his responsibility to the team when not playing, saying "This is what you signed up for, and there's no guarantee there's minutes for you. You earn those minutes. You produce those minutes." He's just a watch list guy with Tobias Harris and Evan Fournier producing plenty of offense and adequate defense. The impending return of Aaron Gordon (foot), who was averaging 15.0 minutes per game, accelerates the need for Harkless to produce if he wants to remain in the rotation when the team is at full strength.

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Harkless returned to a bench role after filling in as a starter due to Tobias Harris's one game absence. Harkless had six points (3-3 FG), with five rebounds, two assists and a steal during Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

Harkless only has 22 combined points over his last seven games and would need a further significant injury to Tobias Harris for him to come into fantasy calculations.

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Harkless will get the start in place of Tobias Harris (calf) Monday against the Cavaliers, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports.

Harkless, who started 41 games last season, will make his first start of 2014-15 and will be tasked with guarding LeBron James. The 21-year-old has been quiet in inconsistent minutes thus far, scoring in double-figures only once and averaging 4.5 points and 2.8 rebound sin 16.6 minutes per game. Harkless scored two points in 19 minutes off the bench Saturday.

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Harkless played his third game of the season after receiving three DNP-CDs over the first five contests. He finished with a season-high 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, and two steals in 21 minutes Friday.

Harkless was one of the first players off the bench, a nice departure from the norm. Early on, he's been lost at the end of the bench behind veterans and Tobias Harris. It'll be difficult to own him in standard leagues while his minutes are in flux.

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Harkless played in his first game after receiving two straight DNP-CDs. He provided seven points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes off the bench Saturday.

Harkless was forced into action after rookie Aaron Gordon picked up three fouls in one minute guarding All-Star DeMar DeRozan. With coach Jacque Vaughn choosing offense over defense early in the season, Harkless found himself sitting behind the likes of Ben Gordon and Willie Green.

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Harkless didn't come off the bench during Tuesday's loss to the Pelicans.

After legitimately contending for the starting shooting guard position, Coach Jacque Vaughn decided to use veterans Ben Gordon and Willie Green off the bench. Rookie Aaron Gordon led all reserves with 28 minutes. With all the injuries in Orlando, there's not much to read into this just yet. Coach Vaughn maybe preserving players on a night-to-night basis until Channing Frye (sprained MCL) and Victor Oladipo (face) return.

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Harkless contributed across the board Saturday, scoring 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 FT, 0-2 3Pt) to go with seven boards, two assists, two blocks and three steals.

After sitting out Wednesday and Friday to rest, Harkless was back in the starting lineup Saturday. The 21-year-old started at small forward, as coach Jacque Vaughn continues to tinker with different lineup combinations during the preseason. Harkless, who started 41 of 80 games last season, has worked at shooting guard as well and could help fill the void left by the departure of Arron Afflalo. He's showcased improved ball-handling skills in the preseason and looks to have addressed his free throw woes (59.4 percent last season).

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Harkless (rest) sat out his second consecutive preseason game.

Coach Jacque Vaughn insisted prior to the game that four players would rest. In return, those individuals would receive heavy burn during Saturday's matchup against the Sixers. Expect Harkless back in the lineup.

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Harkless (rest) did not play during Wednesday's preseason game against Brazil's Flamengo club.

Harkless started the last game at shooting guard. With Willie Green returning from injury, coach Jacque Vaughn felt inclined to rest the 21-year-old. The Magic next play Friday against the Pistons.

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Harkless started his first preseason game at shooting guard. He finished with five points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one steal, one rebound, and one assist in 24 minutes during Monday's contest against the Hornets.

Harkless's move into the starting lineup displaced Evan Fournier. Things to take away from this game are Harkless' improved dribbling and his pullup jumpers, areas he vastly improved this summer. Another positive sign for Harkless is his improved free-throw stroke, converting on 5-of-6 this preseason.