September 17, 2020, 2:56 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Masai Ujiri said on Thursday that Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are all priorities for the team in the offseason.
All three are set to hit free agency, and Ujiri gave VanVleet the extra special nod as a "big priority." The Raptors figure to go big game hunting in the 2021 offseason and would like to maintain enough space to add a max player, but will also try and thread the needle by keeping as much of the band together as they can. Despite losing two starters from their championship run, Toronto didn't skip a beat and took the Celtics all the way down to the final 20 seconds of a fantastic seven-game series. VanVleet will command the most on the market as a starting-caliber guard, but all indications to this point have been that the Raptors will try and work something out. Ibaka has previously indicated a willingness to re-sign but might have to take a discount for that to happen. Gasol is rumored to be considering a deal in Europe to wind down his career, though he is still a superb defensive player even if his game looks a little uglier than it used to. We'll see what Ujiri and GM Bobby Webster do to try and reload for another title run.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
September 12, 2020, 12:37 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet led the Raptors with 20 points (8-of-20 shooting), three rebounds, six rebounds, four 3s and two blocks on Friday, but all that was not enough as the Celtics eliminated his team from the playoffs.
FVV played well, all things considered. His teammates just couldn't find a way to get in sync on offense all night. Credit does go to the Celtics' impressive defense and the Raptors as a whole simply could not execute their game plan for the night. This disappointing result notwithstanding, VanVleet has elevated his game into the stratosphere in this wild 2019-20 season, making him a highly coveted asset come the off-season. Expect the Raptors to try and lock him down as soon as possible.
September 9, 2020, 10:00 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet struggled with his shot on Wednesday but still poured in 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks to secure the win in double overtime.
VanVleet shot just 7-of-22 from the field and 3-of-13 from three through an exhausting 50 minutes of playtime. The Celtics' length has been brutal for VanVleet to deal with and they've made finishing at the rim incredibly difficult for him. As a result he's been forced into taking significantly more threes than he's used to, tanking his shooting efficiency in the process.
September 7, 2020, 9:59 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet ended Monday's Game 5 loss to the Celtics with 18 points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals.
VanVleet shot 6-for-14 from the field and 2-for-7 from behind the arc while committing two turnovers. The 43 percent shooting from the floor was his best figure of the series, but not nearly enough to keep the Raptors from potentially facing elimination in Game 6.
September 5, 2020, 9:40 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was phenomenal once again in Game 4, heating up with 5-of-11 shooting from downtown en route to his 17 points (6-of-19 shooting) on Saturday.
FVV missed his only free throw attempt for the evening, but was able to grab six boards and dish out six dimes while adding one steal to the box score. His aggressiveness is laudable, but VanVleet will need to work on improving his shooting accuracy. The Celtics are no slouch on the glass, so every missed shot hurts. The bottom line is that the Raptors won this one, but he's going to need to bring his A game more often if they're going to close out this series on a positive note.
September 3, 2020, 10:07 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting in 41 minutes on Thursday, adding six assists but also turning the ball over five times as the Raptors won a barn-burner in Game 3.
VanVleet has been asked to shoot and score in bunches for this Raptors team with mixed results. The shooting percentages are just not great but he seems to come through in the clutch with some consistency. In this contest, he tied the game with a tough left-handed finish with less than 20 seconds to go. FVV will be looked upoin to be a little more efficient with his shooting and decision-making going forward in this series.
September 1, 2020, 10:32 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet logged 43 minutes in the Raptors' Game 2 loss on Tuesday evening, finishing with 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
Only Pascal Siakam played more minutes (43.5) than VanVleet on Tuesday as the Raptors needed all hands on deck to hang with the Celtics. Even so, they weren't able to pull out the victory and now find themselves in an 0-2 hole in the series. VanVleet, who welcomed his family to the bubble on Monday, struggled shooting the ball from the floor (8-of-22 FG) and from three-point range (3-of-12 FG). The Raptors will need VanVleet and the rest of the troops in top form on Thursday in Game 3.
August 30, 2020, 4:01 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
After a sensational first round against the Nets, Fred VanVleet struggled mightily on Sunday, shooting 3-of-16 from the field en route to 11 points, four rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
VanVleet went just 2-of-11 from deep after he tore Brooklyn apart, with a lack of 3-point shooting ultimately doing the Raptors in today. They were just 10-of-40 as a team and had a hard time getting to the rim with no threat to score from outside. There were lots of open shots that just didn't go in during the first half, and the Raptors will simply have to hope that the issue corrects itself in short order. FVV should be better going forward and still managed to post a solid fantasy line if you can ignore the ugly percentages.
August 23, 2020, 9:35 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam played the role of point-forward on Sunday, dishing out 10 assists to go along with his 20 points on 9-of-22 shooting, adding six rebounds, one 3-pointer and two steals in 33 minutes.
The Raptors lost Kyle Lowry early in the game due to a sprained ankle and Fred VanVleet got himself into a bit of foul trouble. VanVleet was limited to playing only 19 minutes and finished the night with nine points, four rebounds, five assists, two 3s and two steals. With the primary playmakers having an off night, Siakam was able to let the team's offense flow through him and flow it did, much to the elation of the Raptors fans who saw their team advance into the next round of the playoffs.
August 21, 2020, 4:06 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors took a 3-0 series lead against the Nets after Friday’s win and Fred VanVleet was once again key as he scored 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting (6-of-10 3PM) in 33 minutes.
VanVleet has continued to be dominant in the postseason, something that began in the Raptors’ 2019 Championship run. On Friday, he added five rebounds, five assists, one steal and a single turnover. There is no reason to think that he can’t continue this pace as the Raptors look to sweep the Nets on Sunday.
August 19, 2020, 4:56 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
In Wednesday's 104-99 victory over the Nets, Fred VanVleet was once again one of the best players on the floor, finishing with 24 points (8-of-22), 10 assists, five rebounds, one block, three triples and two turnovers in a game-high 43 minutes.
VanVleet continues to break out in the 2020 Playoffs and Wednesday was no different. Although it would be nicer if he made a few more of his attempts from the field, VanVleet was able to sink all five of his free throw attempts. He has returned first-round per-game value since the Orlando bubble began and there is no reason to think this will change for the remainder of the postseason.
August 17, 2020, 6:39 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet recorded his first career 30-and-10 game, putting up 30 points and 11 assists in 39 minutes during Monday's win, adding two rebounds, two steals, one block and a career-high eight 3-pointers.
Despite a couple of scares, the Raptors were sound victors over the Nets in Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup. VanVleet dominated from the opening tip, leading the team in multiple categories. His line could have been even better had he been required down the stretch. VanVleet is arguably the most improved player of the last two seasons and should continue to feast against an understrength Nets outfit.
August 14, 2020, 11:56 amPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have decided to rest Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet for the team's final regular season game on Friday vs. the Nuggets.
The Raptors have no reason to play their main studs in a meaningless game as they prepare to defend their NBA Title. Serge Ibaka and OG Anunoby were also downgraded to doubtful this morning so we should expect ample opportunity from the fringes. Chris Boucher, Terence Davis, Matt Thomas, Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will all see extended run while Marc Gasol and Norman Powell will likely see limited minutes and may sit out of the second half entirely.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 12, 2020, 9:32 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (knee) returned to action on Wednesday but didn't have a good night, struggling with his shot, going 3-for-11 from the field to end the game with 10 points, two rebounds, one 3-pointer and six assists.
FVV's rough outing could be chalked up to his bum knee, but it's just a good thing to see back on the floor for now. This is a low-end line, given his body of work over the season, so he should get better once he gets his legs back underneath him.
August 11, 2020, 6:12 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry (back) and Fred VanVleet (knee) are not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Sixers.
Both players were given the night off on Monday and will apparently be back on the floor on Wednesday. Neither of the injuries were deemed serious and as with many teams, the Raptors were likely playing it safe prior to the playoffs.