CLEVELAND --Devin Harris was drawing charges and being a defensive pest all day Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. In essence, Devin Harris was being Devin Harris.
“Devin Harris made a big difference today defensively and with our penetration on offense,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s going to help us.
“The important thing for us is we’ve got to bring him along at the right rate. We can’t play him too much and get him kind of overcooked in this thing.’’
Harris, who has played just two games this season since returning from left foot surgery in August, was in Monday’s contest for the final 2:21 to help contain Kyrie Irving. The Cavs’ sharpshooter went scoreless down the stretch with Harris draped over him.
“Obviously he’s got all the dribble and hesitation,’’ Harris said. “But I wanted to just watch him with his body, force him to take a jump shot and contest it.’’
Forward Dirk Nowitzki can certainly see the benefits of having Harris on the court.
"He’s still using his athleticism, he’s fast, he goes to hard, he’s just speed driving,'' Nowitzki said. "He hasn’t necessarily finished yet around the rim, but I think that’ll come with rhythm and when he gets his legs back.
"Defensively he’s smart and he plays tedencies and he took a couple of charges. And that’s exactly what we need playing some of those speedy guards -- taking charges, giving us extra possessions -- so I really like it.''
-- Dwain Price
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