By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Toronto Raptors will be without guard Fred VanVleet on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He’s dealing with a right wrist/hand contusion.
While this is not a serious injury, the Raptors are giving VanVleet rest. Plus, with Toronto being the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, they have the luxury of giving him more time to rest.
He gets to rest on the same day that Kyle Lowry returns to the lineup. He rested on Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite Lowry starting, Delon Wright is still expected to receive significant minutes.
The 24-year-old VanVleet has played in 66 games this season. He’s averaging 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 0.9 steals per game.
In his last game, VanVleet scored 14 points against the Mavericks. He’s scored double-digits in four out of his last five games, except for a two-point performance against the Indiana Pacers on March 15th.
VanVleet suffered a minor injury for the second straight game on Friday. He suffered a tough fall in the first half of the game, but played through it until the rest of the game.
VanVleet also hit a big shot to help the Raptors get the win over the Mavericks.
With the Raptors already clinched a playoff berth, they may begin to rest players despite head coach Dwane Casey’s comments that he will not do that.
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