We still don't know when the Toronto Raptors and LA Clippers will play each other for the first time next season, but Norman Powell is already looking forward to playing against his former teammate Kawhi Leonard.
"We're just happy for him," Powell said of Leonard in an interview with ESPN at Summer League. "He gave everything he had in that first season with us and he brought home the championship. We're just wishing him the best in his choice and his new opportunity with the Clippers."
"I can't wait to go out there and guard him," Powell continued with a smile on his face. "I've already talked to him about it, how I'm going to lock him up, and having fun with it, so I'm excited."
Norm Powell shares his feelings about Kawhi Leonard's decision to join the Clippers 👀 #JayAndDan- #JayAndDan (@JayAndDan) July 9, 2019
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Powell, for what it's worth, has played against Leonard twice so far in his NBA career. In the first meeting between the two California natives, Leonard went for 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds while Powell posted 17 points, three rebounds and two assists. In the second, Leonard scored 25 points compared to only two points for Powell, who logged eight minutes off the bench for the Raptors.
The San Antonio Spurs won both games, one by seven points, the other by 28 points.
Powell and the Raptors can only hope the third matchup between the two is more even.