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The Toronto Raptors will be without guard Norman Powell for several weeks because of a subluxation of his left shoulder, according to coach Nick Nurse.
On the first possession of a game at Utah on Monday night, Powell was trying to fight through a screen and caught his left shoulder awkwardly, tripped while grabbing his left arm.
Thirteen seconds into the game, Powell checked out.
“He hurt his shoulder, obviously, and it’s gonna be a while,” Nurse told reporters at shootaround before a game at Sacramento on Wednesday night. “They’ve looked at it and it’s not good at this point. I think we’ll get him back to Toronto and make some more evaluations, but I think he’s going to be missing some weeks here.”
A subluxation is more severe than a shoulder sprain, which was the original diagnosis of Powell’s injury. Though no timeline was given for his return, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the recovery time is four to six weeks.
Before the injury, through 10 games this season, Powell was averaging 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and one assist in 16.3 minutes per game, shooting 47.6 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from deep and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Powell, 25, is in the second season of a four-year, $42-million extension signed Oct. 8, 2017 pays him $9,367,200 this season.