Norm’s Back


Norman Powell Scores 13 in Return as Blazers Route Toronto Raptors

Norman Powell returned and lined up on the wrong side of the floor prior to the opening tip.

That was cute.

The rest of the game, was much of the same type of basketball that has plagued the Toronto Raptors throughout the 2020-21 NBA campaign. An incredibly poor offensive showing in the third quarter in which the Raptors were only able to muster up but 10 points came back to bite them as Toronto fell to their former shooting guard and his new team by a score of 122-117.

Before his final hurrah in Tampa was complete, Powell, who ended the night with 13 points, made sure to take one last final lighthearted jab at his team. On a made dunk in the third quarter, Powell ran back on defense making sure to stare down his former bench.

“I thought he was looking at me, but he said he wasn’t,” said Fred VanVleet, following the game. “I told him, ‘I didn’t trade you. I don’t know what you are mad at me for.’ But Norm is such an emotional guy in a good way. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it was good to see him. It was really weird playing against him, but, obviously, wish him nothing but the best going forward.”

Meanwhile on the Raptors side, Pascal Siakam led the way with 26 points in the absence of Kyle Lowry, who sat out with a sore foot. VanVleet dropped 20 points of his own, while newcomer Rodney Hood added 13 points off the bench in the loss against his former squad.

“I think that could be a significant part of the trade,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse on his newly acquired wing. “Some points it already kind of looks like it might be and I think it’s given some flexibility to some subbing and being a little bit bigger around the edges.”

As the Raptors slide to 18-28, the Raptors will look to win their second game of the month on Monday when they take on the Detroit Pistons.


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