After a notable performance in the preseason, many folks around Rip City called for Harry Giles III to get more run for the Portland Trail Blazers. Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian reports that Giles appreciated the fans looking out for him as he tries to step up in the face of injuries to Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins.
“It’s a good feeling,” Giles said of having such fan support. “But at the same time, I just have to prepare myself here and get ready. That way I can go out there and make sure that I’m on top of what I’m doing.”
Giles knows that he is facing a critical chance over the next few games.
“It’s my time to play,” Giles said. “My number is going to be called. It’s an opportunity.”
When asked about Giles’ play, Coach Terry Stotts outlined what Giles needs to do.
“Well, like a lot of young players, it’s being consistent,” Stotts said when asked what he’s looking for most from Giles. “I think he has a good feel for the game.”
“I’d like for him to get to the point where we’re comfortable playing him at either 4 or 5,” Stotts said. “Defensively, I think he has good defensive instincts. But I think just getting a better feel for our offense and what we need from him.”
Stotts wasn’t without praise for the young big man.
“He sees the game,” Stotts said. “He can make good passing decisions. I do think that’s something that’s one of his strengths.”
Fans of Giles should stay tuned over the next few games to see how he is able to grow after additional practices this week, according to Fentress.