September 9, 2020, 10:53 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell came up clutch for the Raptors in double overtime on Wednesday with 23 points (6-of-11 FG, 3-of-6 3PT), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block.
Powell had played below 30 minutes in the first four games of this series but tonight Nick Nurse had him on the floor through both overtime periods. The Raptors were somewhat forced to go small and put Siakam at center as Marc Gasol had five fouls and Serge Ibaka still seemed to be dealing with ankle pain. It's not clear if getting Powell more minutes is a legimate adaptation from Nurse, but it worked out for him tonight.
September 7, 2020, 10:15 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 16 points in 31 bench minutes on Monday while shooting 6-for-15 from the field.
Powell went 4-for-11 from 3-point range with one rebound and three assists. He hadn't played more than 19 minutes in any of his last three appearances. However, the Raptors now trail the Celtics 2-3 in the series.
August 29, 2020, 12:21 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) participated in practice on Saturday but remains tagged as questionable ahead of Game 1 on the Raptors' injury report.
This is a good sign that Lowry should be ready for Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday. He left Game 4 against the Nets in the second quarter but played great in the first three of that series with 36.7 minutes, 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 triples. If Lowry cannot go on Sunday, expect Norman Powell to slide into the starting lineup.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
August 26, 2020, 12:52 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (left ankle sprain) was unable to practice on Wednesday.
Lowry also sat out on Tuesday despite his MRI showing just a sprain. It makes sense for the Raptors to be cautious with him, but it also would not be surprising if Lowry missed the start of the series with the Celtics. Norman Powell, who averaged 17.5 points per game in the first round, would have an expanded role if Lowry is held out.
Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter
August 23, 2020, 9:30 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell made the most of his 24 minutes on the floor in Sunday's 150-122 Game 4 win over the Nets, leading the Raptors with 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 run at the line.
Powell also connected on 5-of-9 shots from deep and added five rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block to complete what was overall a well-rounded performance. Powell started the second half for Kyle Lowry, who left the game after playing on nine minutes due to a sprained ankle.
August 21, 2020, 4:00 pmTerence DavisG-F, Toronto Raptors
After receiving his first DNP-CD in Game 2 on Wednesday, Terence Davis provided nine points (4-of-5), two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one trey and three turnovers in 18 minutes during Friday's Game 3 victory.
The three main players that came in for the Raptors off the pine all produced well in their minutes. Norman Powell followed up his 24-point performance with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting and four rebounds, two assists, two triples and a turnover. Davis and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson appear to be in competition for minutes for the Raptors and Davis might have gotten the leg up after Friday’s game. Powell and Serge Ibaka are the most reliable bench players moving forward.
August 19, 2020, 5:05 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
After a disappointing Game 1, Norman Powell responded in a big way in Wednesday's victory, finishing with 24 points (11-of-17) six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one trifecta in 33 minutes off the bench.
Powell tied Fred VanVleet for the game-high in points and was far more efficient from the field. The only area in which he struggled was from distance (1-of-7) as he did not miss a single 2-pointer. Powell was by far the most effective bench player while Serge Ibaka was the only other player who saw significant minutes off the pine. In 26 minutes, Ibaka had eight points, six rebounds, one assist and one block. The Raptors appear to be running with a seven-man rotation with Powell and Ibaka as the key players off the bench.
August 17, 2020, 6:46 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell played only 17 minutes off the bench for the Raptors, tallying six points and three rebounds in the blowout victory.
After a breakout season, Powell now finds himself in an unfavorable position with the Raptors back to full health. Often a beneficiary of injuries to others, Powell is going to have to make the most of his limited playing time moving forward. With that being said, he should be better than this on most nights, starting with Game 2 on Wednesday.
August 14, 2020, 4:25 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell made the most of his start on Friday, turning 23 minutes into 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Powell got off to a slow start in the bubble but turned it up over his last few games, scoring 21, 17, 15 and now 23 points in his tune-up for the playoffs. He's coming off a career season and should be an important part of Toronto's playoff rotation. With the Raptors resting multiple regulars today, Powell was joined in the starting five by Matt Thomas (12 points, two threes) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (six points, six rebounds, one block). That duo is right on the cusp of the postseason rotation and might be deployed situationally.
August 14, 2020, 12:57 pmTerence DavisG-F, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will start Terence Davis, Matt Thomas, Noman Powell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Marc Gasol against the Nuggets on Friday.
The Raptors will be without five of their top six players today with the playoffs starting on Monday, and the smart money is on Gasol and Powell not playing a ton here either. If you're playing DFS you can go wild and roll the dice on any Raptors who aren't in the team's usual top eight, with Davis, RHJ and Thomas getting a slight bump over the rest of the bench group thanks to their starting roles today.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 9:22 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell led the Raptors starting unit in scoring on Monday with 21 points go go with eight boards, a dime, two steals, three blocks and four triples.
Powell was surging with top-60 value prior to the bubble being formed so he always had the fantasy goods to deliver. Now that the Raptors are nursing injuries to Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry, it just opens up the door for Powell to crush it to end the final week of regular season play.
August 10, 2020, 6:24 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (back) will sit out of Monday's game against the Bucks.
With Lowry joining Serge Ibaka (knee) and Fred VanVleet (knee) on the sidelines, there are going to be plenty of opportunities for guys like Terence Davis and Norman Powell, both of whom will slide into the starting lineup.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
August 10, 2020, 5:28 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (right knee hyperextension) and Serge Ibaka (right knee contusion) have both been ruled out of Monday's game against the Bucks.
As the Raptors prepare for another deep playoff run, they have elected to go without both VanVleet and Ibaka on Monday. Neither injury appears to be too serious and this could simply be a case of getting them some rest. In their absence, look for Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and and even Chris Boucher to have a shot at increased value.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
August 5, 2020, 11:06 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell was able to turn in a solid performance off the Raptors' bench on Wednesday, recording 14 points (5-of-10 shooting), three treys and two rebounds.
Only Serge Ibaka (11 points, nine boards, 23 minutes) logged over 20 minutes off the bench as the Raptors ran a relatively tight rotation. Powell's 50 percent clip from the field was a plus, but he was still mostly just a points-and-threes play on the night.
August 3, 2020, 4:28 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell managed just seven points in 29 minutes during Monday's four-point victory, also putting up five assists and three rebounds.
Powell was unable to find his offensive rhythm on Monday despite the fact he played 29 minutes. The fantasy value for Powell is typically reliant on his scoring and so performances such as this can be a real kick in the teeth. The court time is encouraging and there is a decent possibility he turns things around at some point over the next couple of games.