DALLAS -- Devin Harris hasn't played in a game since last April. So when he got in his first game of the season Saturday night at American Airlines Center, the 10-year veteran was obviously ecstatic.
"It's good to get back out there,'' Harris said after the Dallas Mavericks lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 127-111. "Obviously I would have liked a better results.
"I felt a lot better in the second half. Obviously the first half is just trying to go through the motions just trying to feel my way out there.''
Harris wound up playing 17 minutes and finished with six points and two assists. He converted 2-of-4 shots and 2-of-4 free throws and drew praise from his coach.
“He’s worked hard and he did well considering this is the first game and it’s been months (since he’s played) and it’s a major surgery,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “It speaks to how hard he’s worked.
“And this game gave us an opportunity to get him some, I think, what would be considered at this point extended minutes. He’s a guy that can help us for sure.’’
Harris underwent left foot surgery in August and has endured a long rehab process. The Mavs know it's going to take some time before Harris gets his legs under him, but so far so good.
"Everything felt good,'' Harris said. "I got quality minutes, something to build on.''
Harris said his next step it to learn how to play with his teammates and establishing some rhythm.
"Obviously I've got to get used to them and they've got to get used to me,'' Harris said. "I don't think we'll re-define roles -- just tweak things.''
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