April 28 update: After being listed as doubtful, VanVleet has been ruled out for Game 6 against the 76ers. The Raptors have won two games in a row with VanVleet hobbled, so many there’s some complacency setting in for Philly along with some motivation from Toronto. We’ll see if the Raptors can force a Game 7 after initially going down 3-0. They’ll be at home but won’t have their All-Star point guard for Game 6.
April 25 update: There will be no gamesmanship from Nick Nurse with VanVleet, who has been ruled out already for Game 5 with the hip injury. The Raptors will have to attempt to extend this series without him.
April 24 update: VanVleet is considered questionable for Game 5 against the 76ers with the hip strain he suffered in Game 4.
Update: VanVleet is out for the rest of the game. He was officially doubtful to return to Game 4 against the 76ers with a hip strain in an earlier update from the team.
Status alert: Fred VanVleet (hip) won't return Saturday.— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) April 23, 2022
Status alert: Fred VanVleet (hip) doubtful to return Saturday.— Underdog NBA (@Underdog__NBA) April 23, 2022
Update: It appears VanVleet is dealing with a strained hip. We’ll see if he can return.
VanVleet: left hip injury, assessed at halftime, further update to come.— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) April 23, 2022
Toronto Raptors All-Star Fred VanVleet went to the locker room Saturday in Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers with an undisclosed injury. Judging by some of the reaction, it seems like he could be out for the rest of the contest.
Fred VanVleet tears his jersey in half and heads straight to the locker room pic.twitter.com/3qko9vHmOA— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) April 23, 2022
Fred VanVleet’s body language tells you he’s not coming back into this game after leaving with an undisclosed injury— Adam Koffler (@AdamKoffler) April 23, 2022
VanVleet has been one of the driving forces behind Toronto’s success this season, securing his first All-Star appearance. The guard averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 assists during the year and helped the Raptors grab the No. 5 seed in the East. Although it looks like this first round series isn’t going to go Toronto’s way, the window for contention has opened up again with VanVleet’s excellent play.
The Raptors should lean more on Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby in the backcourt if VanVleet cannot return. Toronto is trying to avoid being eliminated in front of its home crowd Saturday in what would end up being a sweep.