Maurice Harkless will be available when the Portland Trail Blazers take on the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night in Game 2 of their NBA Playoffs opening round series, the Blazers announced. He was upgraded to questionable on Monday with a 50/50 chance of him being ready to play Tuesday.
Moe Harkless (left knee) is available for Game 2— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) April 18, 2018
Joe Freeman of The Oregonian provided comments from Terry Stotts on the return of his forward:
Blazers coach Terry Stotts refused to say during pregame meeting with reporters whether Moe Harkless will start (or be on a minutes restriction) tonight vs. the Pelicans. “He’s available,” Stotts said.— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) April 18, 2018
Harkless underwent knee surgery on Mar. 28 with an initial re-evalutaion two weeks after. News came on April 11 that Harkless was targeting a mid-week return, so his return to the lineup follows that target.
The Blazers take on the Pelicans at 7:30 PT on TNT.