The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility
May 19, 2019, 12:39 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless scored six points and added three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Saturday's loss.
Harkless did all of his damage in the first half and looked to be on his way to a great game scoring six points and adding two steals/blocks. Unfortunately he would not score again and added just one assist to his stat line in the second half. Fellow forward Al-Farouq Aminu added just two points in the losing effort and he and Harkless continue to get marginalized in the Blazers' small-ball lineup. Harkless has the ability to contribute for the team and they will need him to re-find his aggressiveness if the they plan on making this a series.
May 15, 2019, 12:01 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless had a productive outing in Tuesday's Game 1 loss, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds, a steal, a 3-pointer and three blocks.
Harkless fell by the wayside a bit in the Denver series but was back to making an impact by its end, and the Blazers will need him to keep up this output going forward. He certainly fared better than Al-Farouq Aminu, who played only 19 minutes.
May 5, 2019, 6:36 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless (right ankle) will be available for Sunday's Game 4 against the Nuggets.
Harkless has been battling the issue but it hasn't kept him out of the lineup — he played 45 minutes on Friday. Portland's gotten great contributions from their complementary pieces throughout the playoffs and Harkless' defensive work has flown under the radar. He might not be at 100 percent, but it would take a serious issue to keep him off the floor.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
May 4, 2019, 3:20 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and one triple in 45 minutes on Friday.
Harkless did a lot of the dirty work in this one as he grabbed several key rebounds and played some clutch defense allowing Portland to close this win out in four overtimes.
May 3, 2019, 9:32 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless (right ankle sprain) tested his ankle in warmups and is good to go for Friday's Game 3 vs. the Nuggets.
This is great news for the Blazers who look to take command of the series with a pair of games at home. Hopefully, Harkless' ankle won't flare up during the game.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 3, 2019, 8:51 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said he’s hopeful Maurice Harkless (right ankle sprain) will start Friday’s Game 3 “unless he has a setback.”
Harkless was previously listed a questionable to play, so this looks like a step in the right direction. We’ll have an update before tip off.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
May 2, 2019, 5:52 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless (sprained ankle) had an MRI Thursday and he is listed as questionable ahead of Friday's Game 3 against the Nuggets.
Moe Harkless suffered a sprained ankle in the first half of Game 2 on Wednesday and if he is ultimately ruled out, look for Rodney Hood and Evan Turner to pick up additional minutes. Continue to monitor his injury as more information will come out closer to game-time Friday.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
May 2, 2019, 4:19 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless (sprained ankle) suffered the injury in the first half of Game 2 on Wednesday and Coach Terry Stotts said that he believes that an MRI is scheduled for later on Thursday.
Harkless came down awkwardly while contesting a shot on Nikola Jokić and the injury looked as if he may miss some additional games. Continue to monitor his status as we await the results of the MRI. If Harkless has to miss games, Rodney Hood and Evan Turner will see additional minutes while Al-Farouq Aminu will be asked to take on a bigger role.
Source: Jason Quick on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 10:12 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless is said to have an ankle sprain and is questionable to return in Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets.
This isn't surprising, as he looked to have rolled it pretty bad. We'll see if he has another update following halftime.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
May 1, 2019, 10:04 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless left Game 2 on Wednesday after rolling his ankle.
Harkless came down awkwardly contesting a shot from Nikola Jokic. We'll wait to see if he's able to put some weight back on it and get back out there.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
April 24, 2019, 1:48 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had 17 points on just nine shots with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 33 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Thunder.
It's not wise to rely on Harkless, but he can be the wildcard the Blazers need every few games. After closing out the Thunder tonight, they'll await the winner of the Spurs and Nuggets series.
April 22, 2019, 12:23 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had a swell two-way performance in the Blazers' 111-98 Game 4 win over the Thunder on Sunday, posting 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, adding 10 rebounds, one triple, two steals and three blocks in 34 minutes.
Harkless was mostly a non-factor in fantasy during the regular season due to injuries. He's clearly feeling much better now and is delivering for the Blazers at the right time. If he can keep up posting performances like this, the Blazers could emerge as a dark horse to upset favorites in the west.
April 17, 2019, 1:41 amMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had a nice game with 14 points (6-of-9 FGs), nine boards, one steal, one block and one three in 29 minutes in Tuesday’s Game 2 vs. the Thunder.
Harkless blocked an early Paul George 3-point attempt that foreshadowed another rough night from deep for the Thunder. Harkless really stepped it up after a poor Game 1 and the Blazers will likely need more solid contributions from him as they head to Oklahoma City for Game 3.
April 14, 2019, 6:39 pmMaurice HarklessF, Portland Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless logged 22 minutes tallying two points, six boards, an assist, a steal and three blocks in Sunday's 104-99 win over the Thunder.
Harkless rested the final game of the season, but looked healthy as the Blazers snapped an 0-10 stretch in the playoffs. Between Harkless, Evan Turner and Rodney Hood, the Blazers got solid play from their wings and will need that to continue as the playoffs go on.