September 26, 2020, 11:52 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris saw 28 minutes off the bench in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Lakers, rising to the occasion for 10 points (4-of-9 shooting), two rebounds and seven assists.
Morris served as an extra capable ball-handler and passer as Jamal Murray was playing hobbled by his right knee contusion. Morris soaked up extra minutes as coach Mike Malone benched an ineffectual Gary Harris, who had three points on 1-of-4 shooting with one triple, two rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.
September 23, 2020, 12:31 amMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris was the Nuggets' top scorer off the bench on Tuesday with 14 points (5-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3PT), making an impact in their much-needed win in Game 3.
Morris was able to add just one rebound and one assist to the box score, but his 14 points in 20 minutes were a far superior effort than the seven points in 32 minutes that Gary Harris was to muster. Given Harris' struggles, guys like Morris will need to step up their game, similar to tonight, if the Nuggets want to advance to the NBA Finals.
September 18, 2020, 11:51 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris was near invisible as his Nuggets got pounded into rubble by the Lakers on Friday, managing just five points on 2-of-7 shooting with one trey and two rebounds.
Harris simply could not get it going and credit does go to the Lakers' impressive defense for shutting him out of his comfort zone in this one. He's been trending up prior to this game, but will definitely need to make some major adjustments if he's to make a more meaningful impact for his team in this series.
September 16, 2020, 2:43 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris continues to strengthen the Nuggets' overall versatility, going for 14 points including two 3-pointers, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 104-89 victory over the Clippers.
The Nuggets did the unthinkable on Tuesday, erasing a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive series, sending the Clippers packing. While the accolades will deservedly go to both Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, Harris has had a meaningful impact since rejoining the team. His value does not always translate to the stat sheet but those who know anything about basketball will certainly be aware of just how important he is to their success.
September 13, 2020, 4:33 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris came through with 16 points, four assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in Sunday's Game 6 win over the Clippers.
Harris doesn't always make his mark in the box score but his return to the lineup has been huge for the Nuggets, who can now cobble together a rotation of capable wing defenders. He was a big help in guarding Paul George and Kawhi Leonard today, though some of that also falls on the Clippers for not really trying to target mismatches as much as they should've. Regardless, Harris logged 42 minutes in this one and figures to be equally busy in Game 7.
September 10, 2020, 1:03 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris chipped in 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field and 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, along with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.
Harris has been undergoing a bit of a rehabilitation in the eyes of fans after his disappointing regular season, though tonight was a step back. For his team, the scoring is likely irrelevant as his job is just to bring a solid defensive presence.
September 6, 2020, 12:03 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris kicked things up a notch on Saturday, turning in 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting with four treys and two steals in 29 minutes.
Baby steps. Harris is still getting his legs back, but this was a step in the right direction. He has the chops to be an impact-player for the Nuggets and he's slowly heating up at the perfect time.
September 3, 2020, 11:49 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris logged 24 minutes in Thursday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers, scoring five points on 2-of-5 from the field with a 3-pointer and a steal.
It's hard to say whether Harris was still on a minutes cap because this game got out of hand in the second quarter. He's now logged 20, 26 and 24 minutes in his three games since returning, and that number figures to scale up with Denver's defense looking totally futile. Michael Porter Jr. has been particularly affected by Harris' return and had five points, six rebounds and a steal on 2-of-9 shooting in 23 minutes tonight.
August 31, 2020, 5:44 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris is not on the injury report ahead of Game 7 against the Jazz on Tuesday.
After playing 21 minutes during the Game 6 victory on Sunday, it would appear Harris has emerged unscathed and will take his place in the lineup on Tuesday. He was limited in his return after missing the entire resumption thus far, although his presence on the defensive end was evident. With everything to play for, there is a decent chance he sees an increase in playing time despite likely coming off the bench.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 30, 2020, 11:37 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris made his return from a right hip strain on Sunday against the Jazz, delivering four points (1-of-4 FG), three rebounds and one steal.
Harris looked unsure of himself at times on the offensive end, but he was a valuable contributor for his defensive intensity that kept life difficult for Jordan Clarkson. Receiving 20 minutes was about as much as we could of hoped for in his first game back, and if he is hitting shots he will probably find that total going up even more on Tuesday in Game 7.
August 30, 2020, 8:09 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right hip strain) will be available for the first time in the restart on Sunday against the Jazz.
While Harris is most likely facing restrictions as he gets reworked into the rotation, if he is of any help in slowing down Donovan Mitchell the Nuggets will welcome him back to the action with open arms. He will be available off the bench, and minutes heading his way are going to get subtracted from Michael Porter Jr., Torrey Craig and PJ Dozier. With their season on the line, Mike Malone will try every combination at his disposal. Harris was finally nailing some shots back in March before the stoppage in play hit, but the vast majority of his season has been a slog as he's struggled from deep with 1.3 3-pointers on a .333 percent clip.
Source: Mike Singer on Twitter
August 30, 2020, 7:09 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Mike Malone said there was a "good chance" of Gary Harris (right hip strain) playing in Sunday's Game 6.
The Nuggets are facing elimination and have been cooked by Donovan Mitchell all series, so if there was ever a time to get their starting shooting guard back, even in a limited capacity, it's now. Harris is likely to play under some kind of minutes cap but Denver will take all the help they can get.
Source: TJ McBride on Twitter
August 30, 2020, 11:13 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right hip strain) is planning to play in Sunday's Game 6 against the Jazz, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harris has yet to play in the bubble so this could be a substantial boost for the Nuggets, though it is expected that he'll be playing under some kind of minutes limit. Even so, it's clear that Denver has been missing Harris and Will Barton dearly, as the Nuggets have struggled to contain Donovan Mitchell on the perimeter. It was thought that Utah had the worse of the injury situation, beginning the series without Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley, but it's become evident over time how important Harris is to the Nuggets. His return figures to impact the minutes available to Michael Porter Jr., Torrey Craig and PJ Dozier as Mike Malone can reshuffle the rotation a bit.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 29, 2020, 1:09 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right hip strain) is still listed as questionable ahead of Game 6 on Sunday.
Harris has not played since entering the bubble so he will likely have restrictions if he does suit up. There are no updates on his status and it is unclear if he is even participating in practice yet.
August 26, 2020, 5:38 pmGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right hip strain) is questionable to play in Game 6 on Thursday.
Harris has yet to play in the bubble. The Nuggets are down 3-2 but have momentum on their side, if you're into that sort of thing, after another huge performance from Jamal Murray.
Source: NBA Injury Report