Powell (ankle) noted his ankle is "fine" and he would have played March 14 if that game had happened, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports. Powell sustained an ankle injury prior to the shutdown of the season, but it was apparently minor. He also said that the Raptors sent him a hoop for practice, and the strength team sent him dumbbells and a workout plan as well.
Coach Nick Nurse believes Powell (ankle) will be able to play Saturday against the Pistons, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports. Powell exited Monday's win over the Jazz after suffering the left ankle injury two minutes into the contest, but it appears to be a minor injury. The 26-year-old may not receive an official update until Friday, when the Raptors release their official injury report, but he appears on track to play Saturday.
Powell won't return to Monday's game against Utah due to a left ankle sprain, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports. Powell suffered the injury during the first half of Monday's matchup, and the team will shut him down for the rest of the night. With Fred VanVleet (shoulder) also out, look for Terence Davis and Patrick McCaw to get more looks.
Powell poured in 31 points (11-21 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT) to go with five assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block across 43 minutes Sunday in the Raptors' 118-113 win over the Kings. Powell hasn't needed any time to rediscover his touch from the field since returning in late February from a nine-game absence due to a fractured finger. He's cleared 20 points in each of his first five appearances back in action, achieving that production on efficient 52.7/83.3/39.5 percent shooting splits from the field, free-throw line and 3-point line, respectively. It's worth noting that Fred VanVleet (shoulder) has been out for all five of those games, so Powell's minutes and usage will likely take at least a slight hit once Toronto gets back to full strength in the backcourt.
Powell contributed 37 points (13-20 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 38 minutes during Thursday's 121-113 win at Golden State. Powell missed nine straight games in February, but he has looked impressive since returning to the hardwood four games ago. He has started all four contests and is averaging 27.3 points while shooting 53.5 percent from the field during that stretch. Expecting that kind of production on a nightly basis might be a stretch, but there's no question he's trending in the right direction of late.
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