The Toronto Raptors (6-9) are visiting the Indiana Pacers (9-6) for a two-game set beginning Sunday with a 1 p.m. ET tip-off. The two sides will also take the court Monday.
Whenever he's asked about it, he confirms that he'd prefer to be a starter because the flow and rhythm of the game suit him better as a starter. "When you’re starting the game you can kind of feel how the game is going, the flow of the game early on, where your spots are coming, how the defence is guarding you, the pace of the game," Powell said back on January 8. "When you’re starting, you’re able to dictate and get into a rhythm.
For all the X-and-Os that go into NBA coaching, the thing that separates the best coaches from the pack is the way they interact with their players. It's part of why Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been so successful over his brief NBA coaching career. Yes, he's a great strategic coach, but more importantly, he seems to know how to get the most out of his players when he needs it.