Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet had surgery in a bid to repair a partial ligament tear in his left thumb, as announced by the team. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City.
The Raptors previously had stated that VanVleet would be out of action for, at least, three weeks because of the injury. However, it is believed that the surgery could extend beyond that timeline. He had suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday's win in New York.
VanVleet averages 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds and has scored in double figures 30 times, including a career-high 30 points February 7 at Atlanta. He avreages 26.8 minutes off the bench in 51 games this season.
Jeremy Lin, who was signed by the Raptors last night, should immediately step into a key role in VanVleet's absence.
While the above tweet may not be injury related, but is surely worth watching on loop. Right? The Raptors will wish for a speedy recovery of VanVleet, but they have enough firepower and team coordination, as shown in the tweet, in their lineup at present.
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