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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.
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Harkless supplied 12 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal off the bench in 24 minutes during the Magic's preseason overtime victory.
Harkless looked comfortable handling the rock in spurts, an issue that has plagued him thus far in his career. Another positive takeaway are the free-throw makes for a career sub-60 percent charity stripe shooter.
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Harkless worked to improve his shooting, ball handling, agility, and accuracy near the rim this offseason, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Harkless spurned the Puerto Rican national team this summer in order to focus on improving his game. He did struggle at the rim last season and his dribbling wasn't too far behind, so it's comforting to hear Harkless willingly improved those deficiencies. The 6-foot-9 forward enters his year 21 season fresh off a sophomore campaign converting an impressive 38 percent from beyond the arc. Coach Jacque Vaughn delivered a glowing quote on behalf of Harkless, stating "[Harkless] has been very consistent from the start of camp 'til today." Entrenched in a position battle with Tobias Harris, consistency will be the key to Harkless's success.
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Maurice Harkless will not play with Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball this summer.
Harkless had been set to suit up for Team Puerto Rico, but has decided to concentrate on preparing for the 2014-15 season instead. "He wants to focus on the Magic and getting ready for his most important season to date," Harkless' agent Happy Walters said. Harkless only averaged 7.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.4 minutes per game during the 2013-14 season, so his fantasy value is limited to the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point.
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Moe Harkless got 38 minutes and had 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.
Tobias Harris played just 10 minutes and had six points and one rebound, while Victor Oladipo played just 17 minutes and scored four points. We thought they'd give Oladipo more run in the final game of his rookie season, but the Magic were allocating minutes as if they were resting guys for the playoffs. Which couldn't be further from reality.
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Maurice Harkless scored 14 points in 37 minutes vs. the Raptors on Sunday, marking his first double-digit performance in the past four games.
He knocked down 6-of-9 shots with one 3-pointer, while adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Harkless has emerged as a sneaky mid-round value over the past month, averaging 9.2 points, 1.0 threes, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. Paul Millsap and Wes Johnson are the only guys averaging at least one 3-pointer, steal and block on the season, which is worth remembering on draft day next season.
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Moe Harkless played only 25 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, his lowest playing time in over a month.
He scored five points and is now averaging just 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists over Orlando's past two games, though he has also stolen the ball 2.5 times per contest. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for reliable production in light of Harkless' dwindling playing time, Tobias Harris' solid play off the bench, and Orlando's lack of four-game weeks on the schedule.