Coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday that Harris would be the Pistons’ starting power forward for the remainder of the season, Jake Chapman of the Pistons Radio Network reports. After opening the season as a starter, Harris has largely served as the Pistons’ sixth man since Christmastime, but Van Gundy began tinkering with his lineups last week following a blowout loss to the Pacers.
With Henson out again on Tuesday, Maker and veteran Tyler Zeller will be counted on to maintain the momentum the group has enjoyed recently. Despite his struggles throughout the season, the Bucks’ confidence in Maker has never wavered. “It came from last year, really,” Bucks swingman Khris Middleton said. “He started tons of games for us last year, started in the playoffs for us last year and he played well in his rookie year. This year he’s been up and down, I don’t know why, but when he’s gotten in the game [in the playoffs], he’s produced. That’s where the confidence is coming from. We’ve all seen him before.”
At 21, Maker is still trying to find stability within his own game. With the ability to communicate with Garnett whenever Maker needs some guidance, he knows he’s on the right track toward becoming the stabilizing presence the Bucks need him to be in the future. “He’s been big,” Maker said. “And not just for me, but also for other guys like Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. He spoke with Khris a few times. But just us as a team, if he’s coming to influence some of us and we put it together, it helps us because we have that same mentality as a team.”
April 24, 2018 | 2:05 pm EDT Update
Jonathan Feigen: James Harden said Chris Paul has brought up the Rockets comeback from down 3-1. “He’s mentioned it.”