Maurice Harkless
SF POR
6 days ago

Harkless collected seven points (2-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and two steals across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 113-104 preseason win over the Suns.

EDGE Analysis

Harkless posted his second straight seven-point effort as part of the first unit, while Evan Turner, who Harkless is battling for the starting small forward job, outperformed him for a second consecutive contest off the bench. The 24-year-old generated only one double-digit scoring performance over five exhibitions and could potentially be relegated to a role off the bench to open the regular season.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
1 week ago

Harkless mustered seven points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Friday's 97-83 exhibition win over the Kings.

EDGE Analysis

Harkless had been perfect from the field just a night prior, but his production took a slight downturn Monday. He was outplayed by his primary competition for the top small forward job, Evan Turner, with the latter generating 10 points in just 17 minutes off the bench. Nevertheless, the battle between the two has been fairly even throughout the first four exhibitions, and Harkless is expected to see a solid amount of minutes irrespective of whether he's able to secure the top spot at the three heading into the regular season.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
1 week ago

Harkless totaled 16 points (6-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes during Sunday's 134-106 win over the Clippers.

EDGE Analysis

While an impressive performance by Harkless, he still remains a low-usage option within the team's offense, as he took just six shots. Last season, he posted 10.0 points (8.1 field-goal attempts), 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game, making him somewhat of a fringe fantasy option. That doesn't project to change much heading into this upcoming season.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
2 weeks ago

Harkless posted six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one assist, one steal and one block across 24 minutes in Thursday's 106-101 preseason win over the Raptors.

EDGE Analysis

Harkless provided a decidedly underwhelming stat line despite his run with the first unit, tallying six points for the second time in as many exhibitions and failing to contribute on the boards. The 24-year-old is currently slotted at the top of the power forward depth chart, although the preseason should serve to shake out whether he or Al-Farouq Aminu will open the season as the starter. Harkless, who also has plenty of small forward experience, made nice strides last season in his most extensive opportunity at the NBA level over his first five campaigns. The 2012 first-round pick managed career bests in points (10.0), rebounds (4.4), assists (1.1) and field-goal percentage (50.3) across a career-high 28.9 minutes per contest, laying a solid foundation for what could be another step forward this coming season.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
2 weeks ago

Harkless will draw the start during Thursday's preseason game against the Raptors, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Evan Turner drew the start during the preseason opener, but it's Harkless who gets the nod Thursday. According to coach Terry Stotts, no Trail Blazer will exceed 24 minutes.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
2 weeks ago

Harkless will be available for Tuesday's preseason opener against Phoenix, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harkless was held out of a team scrimmage Sunday due to a foot injury, but he practiced in full today and is not expected to face any restrictions going forward.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
2 weeks ago

Harkless (foot) was held out of Sunday's scrimmage, Jason Quick of CSNNW.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Terry Stotts indicated Harkless was held out due to a nagging injury, so it's likely related to the foot injury he was dealing with last week. Still, he's since returned to practice and Sunday's absence was likely just precautionary at this point. Harkless is expected to be ready to play in Tuesday's preseason matchup with the Suns.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
3 weeks ago

Harkless (foot) returned to practice Thursday, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harkless missed Wednesday's practice with a left foot strain, but it wasn't anything serious and he's now been cleared moving forward. Now that he's healthy, look for Harkless to battle for a starting role at either small forward or power forward, with his biggest competition including the likes of Evan Turner and Al-Farouq Aminu. Rookies Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan could also be in the running at power forward.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
3 weeks ago

Harkless is dealing with a left foot strain and was held out of Wednesday's practice, Joe Freeman of the Oregonian reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not expected to be anything serious, but with training camp just kicking off, it wouldn't be surprising if he missed a practice or two later this week to avoid any additional aggravation. The Trail Blazers don't start the preseason until Tuesday against the Suns, so Harkless should have plenty of time to make a return to full strength by then. That said, continue to keep an eye on his status for the rest of this week.

Maurice Harkless
SF POR
6 months ago

Harkless will move to the bench for Monday's game against the Spurs, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Trail Blazers are set to be without Damian Lillard (foot), C.J. McCollum (hand) and Allen Crabbe (foot), so they'll go with a makeshift lineup that features Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton and Evan Turner at the top three spots, which leaves Harkless in a bench role. It's unclear if coach Terry Stotts likes Turner's play making ability more than Harkless to make up for the absences of his two star players, or if he's just trying to give Harkless some rest with the season winding down, but either way, it's likely a short term move and Harkless should be the presumed starter going into the playoffs.