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June 14, 2019, 12:13 amFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet led the bench with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting while adding two rebounds, a steal and five 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 6 win.
VanVleet delivered backbreaking 3-pointers all series and tonight was no different as he came up with timely buckets for the Raptors in their title clinching victory over the Warriors. After struggling all playoffs on the offensive end, FVV pulled through and helped deliver Toronto their first title.
June 9, 2019, 1:03 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet on Sunday afternoon said he had no symptoms of a concussion.
VanVleet took a brutal elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston and managed to avoid a concussion. He has been essential to Toronto's playoff run, and will be available to help them close out the Warriors for Game 5.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
June 8, 2019, 12:18 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet collected eight points, six assists, four rebounds and two threes across 29 minutes on Friday night as he continues to make winning plays for Toronto in these Finals.
VanVleet's 29 minutes led the Raptors bench despite him leaving the game in the fourth quarter after catching an elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston. He was able to return, which is great news for the Raptors – who started VanVleet in the third quarter of both Games 3 and 4.
June 2, 2019, 11:16 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet played well on Sunday with 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting in 38 minutes of action in a Game 2 loss.
He made two triples and added four rebounds, two assists and three steals to the box score. VanVleet was assigned to guard Steph Curry when they switched to a box-and-one defense in the fourth quarter and he played some lockdown defense. VanVleet has been one of the most impactful Raptors in this series and we could have a long NBA Finals on our hands if he stays hot. The Raptors will look to steal at least one game on the road before heading back home for Game 5.
May 31, 2019, 12:05 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet stayed hot in Thursday's Game 1, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with a rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer.
VanVleet hit a couple miracle shots, inclduinga one-legged shot with his foot on the line prayer as the shot clock expired, but what remains consistent is his aggressive mentality on offense. The shot might not always fall at this rate (or it will) but his ability to initiate offense and take shots is huge for a Raptors team that can be gun shy at times. VanVleet is also the primary defender for Stephen Curry when he's in the game and while no one can stop him, he's dong a great job of sticking with him and making his life difficult. Expect to see a lot of FVV on Curry on the defensive end this series as it's a matchup the Raptors love.
May 26, 2019, 12:24 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was a difference maker for the Raptors' series clinching Game 6, scoring 14 points off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting while adding two assists.
VanVleet played 34 minutes off the bench and continues to be a menace from behind the 3-point line (4-for-5 today). In the past three games he has gone an unbelievable 14-for-17 from behind the arc. The Raptors will continue to rely on his ability to stretch the floor as they head into their first NBA Finals and will square off against the Warriors and their own formidable shooters.
May 23, 2019, 11:25 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was on fire again in Thursday's Game 5, scoring 21 points with all his points coming from seven 3-pointers.
The distance shooting was huge for the Raptors as VanVleet outscored the Bucks' bench by six by himself. VanVleet could definitely be the key to the Raps' efforts to close this series out on Saturday. We'll see if he can keep finding his shooting stroke.
May 23, 2019, 11:40 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet (personal) will be available for Game 5 against the Bucks on Thursday.
FVV was in Rockford, Illinois to be with his family as they welcomed their second child, Fred Jr., who was born on Monday night. As expected, VanVleet will play in Game 5.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
May 23, 2019, 8:45 amFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet credited the birth of his son, Fred Jr., on Monday night for his turnaround in Game 4.
FVV said regarding his shooting woes, "Obviously it's been rough shooting the ball. I had a pretty bad stretch, so it was good to see one go in." It would make sense that he could relax mentally now that his son, his second child, was born. A big congrats to the VanVleet family on the birth of their second child; we'll see if FVV can keep the strong play going in a pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 11:34 pmFred VanVleetG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was nearly perfect in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Bucks as he hit 5-of-6 from the field including all three of his triples for 13 points in 25 minutes.
Coming off of a 1-for-11 performance in Game 3, this was huge for the Raptors. VanVleet also had six assists, one rebound and one steal on the night. He'll look to keep it rolling in Milwaukee on Thursday.
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