Harris recorded 22 points (8-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals across 31 minutes during a 105-101 loss to the Wizards on Monday.
Harris was moved back to the bench with Marcus Morris returning from rest, but was effective with a team-high 22 points in the loss. Harris has been good to close out the season, with averages of 18.0 points on 51.5 percent shooting, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game over the last five games.
Harris will move back to the bench for Monday's tilt with the Wizards, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
With Marcus Morris getting the night off for rest on Sunday, Harris joined the starting five, posting 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 25 minutes. However, Morris is back in the top unit and Henry Ellenson is drawing the start at power forward, so Harris will revert back to the bench and could see his minutes limited a bit in order to get some of the younger guys more minutes.
Harris will start at small forward for Sunday's game against the Grizzlies, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Both Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are expected to get the night off for rest Sunday, with Reggie Bullock and Harris slated to enter the starting five in their places. In 47 previous starts this season, Harris has averaged 15.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 33.1 minutes, so his promotion to the top unit doesn't necessarily mean a bump in production.
Harris supplied 17 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes in a 114-109 win over the Rockets on Friday.
Coach Stan Van Gundy made yet another change in the starting lineup at power forward, though it was rookie Henry Ellenson who received the nod Friday rather than Harris or Jon Leuer, who was dropped from the rotation entirely. Harris saw a downturn in playing time while Ellenson delivered a double-double (15 points, 11 boards in 26 minutes), which should garner Ellenson at least one more turn in the starting five. However, because Harris still played well in his own right Friday, Ellenson may not have a long leash if he struggles to make an early impact in Sunday's game against the Grizzlies, which could allow Harris to recover some minutes. The 22 minutes were the fewest Harris had seen since Feb. 13 against the Bucks.
Harris posted 23 points (10-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT) seven rebounds, three assists and one steal over 35 minutes in Friday's 108-105 OT loss to the Bucks.
In what many consider to be an odd move by Coach Stan Van Gundy, Harris played off the bench once again and started Jon Leuer at the 4. While Leuer is arguably the better rebounder, Harris provides a defensive spark to the team that Leuer seems to lack, which is why he'll still see significant minutes whether he starts or not. He's outplayed Leuer in his bench role over the past two games, and aside from a few poor outings, is still shooting a respectable 46.6 percent from the field over 17 contests in March. The Leuer/Harris situation will probably persist until the end of the season, but Harris will be decent tournament option as he sees enough usage to be relevant.
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