CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t the only one who got away from Cleveland. So did Joe Harris. His departure after the 2015-16, when he played only five games for the Cavs and was banished to the G League, didn’t have quite the same emotional impact, but the Cavaliers sure could use him now.
Harris earned a two-year deal worth $16 million with the Nets after a season in which he actually led the NBA ahead of second-place James with a .627 field-goal percentage on drives (minimum 100 attempts), and after Jan. 1 shot .467 from three-point range. Harris got off to a slow start this season with a 1-for-7 effort from three in Detroit but has hit 12 of his next 15 after going 4-for-5 from long range in the Nets’ 102-86 win over the Cavs Wednesday night.
“For me, I got good looks in Detroit, but sometimes, you have games where you’re feeling good and you’re knocking them down and other games where you might feel good but they’re just not dropping,” Harris said. “ . . . There have been lots of times in my career where you go four or five games and feel like you can’t hit anything. And you also have the exact opposite.”
Harris made his fourth straight start Wednesday against the Cavs and Kenny Atkinson has given no indication of making a move back to Allen Crabbe now that he’s healthy. Harris has scored in double figures a career-best 10 straight dating to last season, and he is interchangeable with Caris LeVert at shooting guard and small forward.
“I don’t think it’s clearly defined,” Harris said of the positions he and LeVert play. “The matchups vary. It’s based off personnel. I typically guard guys that are more similar to how I’m playing, guys that are moving around a lot without the ball, like Tim Hardaway, Bojan [Bogdanovic].”
Notes & quotes: Rodions Kurucs (sprained ankle) did not play against the Cavs.