Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless’ injury won’t cost him his job in the starting lineup. According to NBC Sports Northwest’s Peter Socotch, coach Terry Stotts plans on placing Harkless back in the starting rotation when he returns from injury.
An interesting nugget to come out of practice today: Terry Stotts, in talking about the rotation, indicated Harkless would remain a starter once back healthy. Not a shock, but something that hadn't been aired out yet during training camp. #ripcity— Peter Socotch (@PSocotchNBCS) October 9, 2018
According to NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson, Harkless’ return from knee surgery might have hit a slight snag. The veteran forward told Hudson that he is experiencing pain in his ankle.
Talking to Harkless after practice today, he says— he is taking it day by day. He says his knee feels good, but he’s still having some pain in his ankle, which he believes was maybe injured after favoring his knee #RipCity— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) October 9, 2018
Jake Layman and Seth Curry have both made cameo appearances in the starting lineup in Harkless’ place.
The Blazers will compete in two more preseason games before opening the regular season against the Lakers on October 18.