Giles hasn't appeared in any of the Trail Blazers' last five games due to coach's decisions.
Even with top center Jusuf Nurkic missing one of those contests for rest purposes, Giles hasn't been able to find even garbage-time minutes while coming off the Portland bench. When both Nurkic and Enes Kanter are available, they'll absorb most of the minutes at center in competitive contests, and Robert Covington and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson appear to be coach Terry Stotts' top options at the position when the Trail Blazers roll out small-ball lineups. Giles is thus unlikely to be much more than an emergency depth piece for Portland.
Giles (calf) was active for the Trail Blazers' victories Thursday over the Pelicans and Friday over the Mavericks, but he didn't leave the bench in coach's decisions.
The Trail Blazers are light on center depth with Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Zach Collins (ankle) both in the midst of long-term absences, but the recent return of Giles from a month-long absence of his own due to a calf injury hasn't affected head coach Terry Stotts' rotations. Rather than relying on Giles, Stotts has turned to starting power forward Robert Covington to fill most of the backup minutes behind starter Enes Kanter. Giles' path to playing time will become more blocked when Nurkic likely returns to action in late March.
Giles (calf) is available for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
Giles was listed as probable for Thursday's matchup, and he'll officially be able to return after missing 13 consecutive games due to a left calf strain. He averaged 3.1 points and 4.9 rebounds over 11.8 minutes per game prior to his absence and could see a similar role going forward.
Giles (calf) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Giles hasn't played since Feb. 14, but with his status upgraded to probable, it sounds like he's on track to return Thursday. Prior to the injury, Giles averaged 3.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game. He should return to a similar role in the rotation behind Enes Kanter and Robert Covington as long as his calf is healthy.
Giles (calf) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Giles has missed the past 12 games due to a left calf strain, but he has a chance to return Tuesday. If he's held out once again, Enes Kanter and Robert Covington would continue to handle the duties in the frontcourt.
Giles (calf) will remain out Sunday against Minnesota, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
The reserve big man is still nursing a calf injury, so he'll miss a 12th consecutive contest. The Blazers seem to be evaluating his status on a game-to-game basis, but it doesn't feel like he's overly close to returning.
Giles (calf) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Minnesota, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Giles will miss an 11th straight game, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him remain out for the second half of the back-to-back set Monday. It's not yet clear when he could return.
Giles (calf) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Suns, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
The 22-year-old will be sidelined for the 10th straight contest due to a left calf strain. It's unclear when Giles is expected to retake the court for Portland.
Giles (calf) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Warriors.
This will be the eighth straight absence for Giles, and he'll likely remain out Thursday against Sacramento in order to have the All-Star break to further recover from a strained left calf.
Giles (calf) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hornets.
Giles still doesn't have a timetable for his return as he continues to recover from a strained left calf. His next chance to play will be Wednesday against the Warriors.
Giles (calf) is out Friday against the Lakers.
Giles remains without a timetable for a return from a strained left calf and will miss a sixth straight game. His next chance to play is Monday against the Hornets.
Giles (calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Giles will be sidelined for a fifth straight game due to the left calf strain. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has been unwilling to put a timeline on Giles' return to the court, so he could be in danger of remaining sidelined through the All-Star break if he demonstrates no meaningful recovery in his progress by the weekend.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said Tuesday that Giles (calf) is without a timetable for a return, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
Giles suffered a calf strain Sunday against the Mavericks, and it's not clear when he'll be back. He was essentially promoted to backup center behind Enes Kanter when Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) got injured. Now that Giles is sidelined, the Blazers will have to play more small-ball. That could result in more minutes at center for Robert Covington and Nassir Little.
Giles suffered a strained left calf and will not play in Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City, Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
The injury appears to have occurred during Sunday's win over Dallas, in which Giles played 13 minutes off the bench and finished with five points and six rebounds. Depending on the severity of the strain, Giles could be looking at a multi-game absence. With Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Zach Collins (shoulder) already sidelined, Portland is now even thinner at the center spot.
Giles had two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), seven rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes during Tuesday's 132-121 win over the Wizards.
The 22-year-old continues to operate as Portland's reserve center behind starter Enes Kanter and is averaging 14.3 minutes over the past nine games. Giles is unlikely to have much fantasy relevance in his current role.
Giles had seven points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3PT) and three rebounds in Saturday's win over Chicago.
Giles has been the Blazers' backup center since Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) went down, but it hasn't resulted in a significant enough boost in minutes to warrant much fantasy attention. Giles hasn't played more than 19 minutes in any of the last seven games, and he's averaging just 3.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.6 combined steals/blocks during that stretch.
Giles posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt,), five rebounds and two steals across 11 minutes in Thursday's 111-87 loss to the Pacers.
The loss of Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) leaves two healthy centers on Portland's roster. Enes Kanter will be the starter moving forward, but Giles will lead the charge with the second unit. At 6-foot-11, Giles is really the only player besides Kanter who can play the position. Players like Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington would put the Trail Blazers into a size mismatch on a nightly basis. Nurkic managers who missed out on Kanter should probably consider picking him up, especially in deeper leagues where quality big men are scarce.
Coach Terry Stotts praised Giles' start to the preseason Monday, but he noted that it may be difficult to find a consistent role for him during the regular season, Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
Giles has been the clear standout from the Blazers' first two preseason games, and Stotts recognized his efforts following Sunday's 19-point, 13-rebound, three-assist, two-steal effort. "I've been really pleased with the way (Giles) has played, there's no question," Stotts said. "Both games he's scoring the ball well, he's rebounding the ball well, he's playing with a lot of energy, so that's been very encouraging." However, Stotts went on to acknowledge that the Blazers already have a clear starter at center in Jusuf Nurkic, while Enes Kanter, Carmelo Anthony and Zach Collins will all play significant roles in the frontcourt. "I think it's a little early to be talking about minutes and rotations," Stotts said. "But I really like who we have playing in those positions right now. It'll play itself out, but I really like the way Harry is playing. I think he's impressing some people."
Harry Giles ended with 18 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist in 25 minutes during Friday's 127-102 preseason victory over Sacramento.
Giles made the most of his opportunities Friday, coming off the bench to lead the Trail Blazers with 18 points. He added 14 rebounds and five defensive stats in what could potentially be his best line of the season. Jusuf Nurkic (COVID-19 protocol) was not in action and so Giles shifted up in the rotation behind Enes Kanter. While it appears Kanter has the backup role locked down, there is certainly a case for Giles to be given a shot at minutes. Kanter's fantasy ceiling is somewhat limited which does open the door for Giles, even if only slightly.
Giles signed a one-year contract with the Trail Blazers on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Kings declined the 22-year-old's team option for 2020-21 last year, so he hit free agency after the shortened season. Giles averaged 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.5 minutes for Sacramento last season, and he'll provide frontcourt depth behind Jusuf Nurkic for his new team.
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