Norman Powell’s growth in Raptors’ turnaround could shift starter strategy

Title: Norman Powell’s growth in Raptors’ turnaround could shift starter strategy
Date: February 10, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Norman Powell’s return to form, the way it’s helped the Raptors surge, and the questions it introduces moving forward.

Earlier in the season, it would have looked like a mistake borne of tunnel-vision: Norman Powell running in transition with Pascal Siakam and, despite the numbers advantage and a good lane and sightline for a lob, Powell instead unleashing a floater.

With the benefit of the last dozen games, it was instead easy to take it for what it was: An attempt to make the right decision that he just put the wrong touch on. As the Raptors cruised to an eventual 137-115 victory against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Powell’s flubbed alley-oop was cause for big smiles and some laughs. One game after Siakam missed an opportunity to get Powell to 30 points in a pull-away win, Powell inadvertently got his revenge, keeping himself as the game’s top scorer with 28.

The perspective shift highlights two pretty major changes around the Raptors of late.

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