Harkless has done well with a bigger role, averaging 12.4 points on 50.0 percent shooting.
General manager Neil Olshey, having put together a promising group of young players that outpaced expectations with 44 wins in 2015-16 after losing four out of five starters the previous season, had to decide how far he would go to keep the roster together and how far he would go to bolster it. That could keep the bulk of their core players together until 2020.
They were last, too, in defensive efficiency, allowing 113.3 points per 100 possessions. But we got to find a way to get better at getting more stops, being more consistent.” We’re not even a quarter of the way into the season, and Portland has had a difficult schedule to this point, so panic is premature.
Star point guard Damian Lillard told reporters plainly after the Rockets game, “Right now, we’re not getting it done on the defensive end. Look at the Cleveland game, we scored 120-something points, and you lose. The Blazers have been without their best defender, Al-Farouq Aminu, for 11 games as he deals with a calf injury, and that has wreaked havoc with the team’s rotations.
"I'm very happy," Turner told the magazine before discussing the downsides of dating a fellow celebrity.
"You do feel like you're living in a fishbowl," she said of public interest in her personal life.