Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet sidelined three weeks with thumb injury

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2019

VanVleet has a partial ligament injury and will wear a splint for approximately three weeks before it is re-evaluated.

The Toronto Raptors are set to sign point guard Jeremy Lin, who is finalizing a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks, reports ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. After missing all but one game of the 2017-18 season with a ruptured patella tendon, Lin has averaged 10.7 points in 19.7 minutes per game.

VanVleet apparently suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday's 104-99 win over the New York Knicks according to the team.

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The three week minimum timeline likely sidelines him for the entirety of the six-game homestand for the Raptors that begins Monday night against Brooklyn.

The veteran point guard is expected to play a significant role behind and alongside guards Kyle Lowry, Danny Green and Fred VanVleet, adding much-needed depth after the departure of Delon Wright and CJ Miles.

The Raptors are now one game back of the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, as they both have 41 wins but the Raptors have two extra losses.

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