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Maurice Harkless Will Start For The Blazers, When Healthy

Portland coach Terry Stotts indicated that Maurice Harkless will return to the starting lineup when healthy.

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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.

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.

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.