Michael Porter Jr. played well in his stead, raising the obvious question: Is the starting small forward job Porter’s to lose? Perhaps more importantly, has Barton recovered from his knee injury and can he contribute at all? If not, does that elevate rookie Bol Bol to the backup small forward? Plenty will be answered about Barton in the coming days. The depth chart at small forward is probably the most fluid on the team. Harris is in a bit better position than Barton in that he rehabbed his hip diligently in the “Bubble” and was eventually able to contribute to their dual 3-1 comebacks against Utah and then the Los Angeles Clippers. His defense remains unassailable, meaning he’ll never find himself in Malone’s doghouse. But his offense over the last two regular seasons has dropped dramatically.


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