Harris generated a team-high 22 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 109-91 loss to the Raptors.
After a strong preseason, Harris shouldered the load for the Pistons in the season opener, leading the way in scoring and shot attempts, but also turning the ball over five times. The turnovers are an acceptable price to pay if Harris is able to deliver enhanced production throughout the season, which is certainly doable with Reggie Jackson's (knee) potentially long-term absence creating an offensive void.
Harris (nose) put up 14 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-8 FT), four rebounds and two assists across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 103-92 preseason loss to the Raptors.
Harris had sustained a broken nose in the Pistons' previous exhibition game against the Bucks, but he was fully cleared in time to take the court for the preseason finale. The 24-year-old thrived after joining the team prior to the trade deadline last season and was able to carry over that success to the preseason, finishing with averages of 15.3 points (on 50% shooting), 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 three-pointer in 29.5 minutes per contest.
The Pistons will have their usual starters available Wednesday, as they'll go with a lineup that includes Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Harris and Andre Drummond. Harris suffered a broken nose just a day ago and will be fitted with a mask to avoid further complications. It's also important to note that Harris will only play during the first three quarters, so he won't get a full minutes load Wednesday.
Harris and teammate Aron Baynes are both dealing with broken noses; Baynes suffered his during practice Tuesday. Though Harris needed to be fitted for a mask, he took part in Tuesday's practice, so it seems likely that he'll be available for Wednesday's tilt with the Raptors.
Harris posted 16 points (7-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and two assists across 33 minutes in Monday's 102-78 preseason win over the Bucks.
With Marcus Morris (knee) sitting out the last three games, Harris has occupied the small forward spot and has enjoyed his best run of the preseason. He's averaged 17.3 points (on 48.9% shooting), 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 three-pointers during that stretch. That production may take a small step back once Morris makes his likely return to the lineup for Wednesday's preseason finale against the Raptors, but Harris' fantasy stock should be up this season after he thrived following his move to the Pistons last February.
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