The National Basketball Association announced Monday that Norman Powell has been selected as Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Powell earns the honour for the first time in his career and becomes the 10th player in franchise history, joining Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jalen Rose, Mike James, Lou Wiliams, Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard.
Powell helped lead Toronto to a 3-0 record this past week, scoring an Eastern Conference-best 31.3 points. He also posted 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting .561 from the field. Powell began the week with 26 points during Toronto’s 123-114 win Mar. 3 at Phoenix. He then scored a career-high 37 points Mar. 5 at Golden State and tied a career-high with six three-pointers Mar. 8 at Sacramento.
Powell was selected 46th overall by Toronto in the 2015 NBA Draft and is the second-longest serving player on the team behind only Kyle Lowry. He was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April 2016.
SAN FRANCISCO — What a fun era this We the North period has been. As I noted on Twitter:
Toronto Raptors past seven seasons: Seven playoff appearances, 1 title, 2 conference finals. Eight series wins.
Toronto Raptors first 18 seasons: Five playoff appearances, one series win (a best-of-five).
It’s amazing, when you think about just how brutal things were for so long, how everything has changed. Now the Raptors are one of the most respected, successful and profit-making franchises in the entire NBA.
SAN FRANCISCO — There was no championship on the line and the game wasn’t held in Oakland, but there was still some deja vu for the Raptors on Thursday night.
Just like last June, Toronto bested Golden State, spoiling the return of superstar guard Stephen Curry following a 58-game absence.
The Warriors fought hard, but were outlasted by the visitors 121-113.
Toronto clinched its seventh straight playoff appearance after making the post-season only five times in its first 18 seasons.
Norman Powell led the way with a career-high 37 points, Kyle Lowry added 26 and Serge Ibaka returned from a three-game absence and had 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Warriors missed two clutch free throws late and couldn’t connect from three twice after grabbing offensive rebounds, allowing the Raptors to pick up the victory. Curry scored 23 and added seven assists and seven rebounds in an impressive, rust-free performance.
The buzz was back in the Bay — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joked pre-game about how many more media members had suddenly appeared, jumping on the bandwagon now that Curry was healthy. But the team was without Draymond Green and Kevon Looney, robbing the defence of any resistance, especially at the rim, while all-star guard Klay Thompson won’t play this season after tearing his ACL during the NBA Finals against Toronto. The Raptors weren’t whole either, though Ibaka played. Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol were both not quite ready, but are close.
Curry looked as good as ever. He connected on a four-point play in the third quarter, buried three-pointers from all over the floor and made some clever passes against an opponent he always beats up on. Only Allen Iverson has averaged more points per game against the Raptors. His new sidekick Andrew Wiggins sparkled in the fourth quarter, finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds.
FINAL SCORE: CHARLOTTE HORNETS 99, TORONTO RAPTORS 96 DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout) FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Charlotte 99 21-38 Graham / Rozier – 18 Biyombo – 11 Rozier / Co. Martin – 6 Toronto 96 42-17 Siakam – 24 Three Players – 9 Lowry – 6 KEY RUN Trailing 95-93 with 1:14 remaining, Charlotte ended the game on a 6-1 run … After the Hornets made three straight free throws, Norman Powell missed a three-pointer as time expired to tie the game. KEY STAT Charlotte held Toronto to .347 (33-for-95) shooting from the field, including .269 (14-for-52) in the first half …The Raptors are 5-7 this season when they shoot below 40 per cent from the floor. RAPTORS NOTES: • With the loss, Toronto falls to 42-17 this season and 23-9 at home … The Raptors have dropped two in a row (Jan. 25-28) for the first time since Dec. 23-25 … Toronto was 7-3 in the month of February … The Raptors begin a five-game (Mar. 1-9) west coast road trip Sunday at Denver. • Toronto’s starting lineup combined for 87 points. • The Raptors have now held their opponent below 100 points a league-high 18 times this season. • Toronto outscored the Hornets 29-17 on the fast-break … The Raptors have scored more fast-break points than their opponent in each of their last 13 games. • The Raptors committed a season-low five turnovers, compared to 18 for the Hornets. • Pascal Siakam recorded 24 points and nine rebounds in 39 minutes … Siakam has scored 20+ points in six of the last seven games (Feb. 8-28), averaging 24.9 points during this span. • Norman Powell returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous nine games (Feb. 2-25) with a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand … Powell scored 22 points in 37 minutes of action. • The Raptors had four players score double figures – Siakam (24), Powell (22), Kyle Lowry (21) and OG Anunoby (16) … Lowry scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. HORNETS NOTES: • With the win, Charlotte improves to 21-38 on the season and 11-21 on the road … The Hornets have won two in a row (Feb. 26-28) and five of their last seven (Feb. 10-28) … Charlotte returns home to begin a four-game homestand (Mar. 1-7) Sunday afternoon vs. Milwaukee. • The Hornets out rebounded Toronto 58-45. • Tonight marked Charlotte’s second road win of the season vs. a team currently with a winning record. • Charlotte led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter. • The Hornets had all five starters score in double digits – Terry Rozier (18), Devonte’ Graham (18), Miles Bridges (17), P.J. Washington Jr. (15) and Bismack Biyombo (13) … Charlotte’s starting lineup combined for 81 points. …Biyombo pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.
Don’t look now, but Norm Powell is on his way back one more time. The hard-luck shooting guard is coming off his second injury absence, this one courtesy of a broken bone in his left hand. The first injury was a left shoulder injury. Combined, the two injuries have cost him 17 games of his […]
During the fourth quarter of Toronto’s win at Detroit on Friday, Norman Powell sustained a fracture to the fourth metacarpal of his left hand. He will be listed as out indefinitely, and he will be reassessed as appropriate.
Powell is averaging career highs of 15.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 28.2 minutes in 38 games (17 starts) this season. He has scored 20 or more points 12 times, including a career-best 33 points Nov. 29 at Orlando, and has led the bench in scoring in 12 games.