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YouTube Gold: The Return Of Harry Giles

Sacramento Kings v Portland Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, OREGON - DECEMBER 13: Harrison Barnes #40 of the Sacramento Kings looks to pass the ball as CJ Elleby #16, Harry Giles III #4 and Gary Trent Jr. #2 of the Portland Trail Blazers defend during the second half of the game at Moda Center on December 13, 2020 in Portland, Oregon.
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After the season ended, Harry Giles signed a one-year deal with Portland. He was, as people say, betting on himself.

It’s really early but it looks like a good bet so far.

Giles has been terrific in pre-season. There is no rust evident. He played against his old team, Sacramento, in the first two pre-season games and was tremendous.

In the first game, Giles scored 18 points, had 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. In the second, he managed 19 points, 13 boards, three assists, two steals and a block.

Now it may be that he had a particular point to make with the Kings, but whatever the reason, the guy who looked so rusty at Duke and still that way with the Kings?

He’s gone.

The guy who Portland has is cat quick, shoots very well, passes very well, is bouncy and able to give his team a huge boost.

Currently he’s coming off the bench but if he keeps this up, it’s going to be hard to keep him there.

By the way, Portland now has three former Blue Devils: Giles, Gary Trent and Rodney Hood.