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Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, Patrick McCaw Fine After Suffering Injuries

Like for most other contending teams, health will play a pivotal role down the stretch for the defending champion Toronto Raptors.

Well, it didn’t take long for the Raptors to experience their first scare in the bubble.

In their second scrimmage game, point guard Fred VanVleet looked have hurt his knee after taking a nasty spill against the Portland Trail Blazers. A scary moment, it appeared as though VanVleet collided knee-on-knee with Blazers guard Anfernee Simons. VanVleet left the game immediately and did not return.

“Yeah, I’m alright,” VanVleet said when asked about the status of his knee on Monday evening.

VanVleet was back on the Raptors bench before the ending of their scrimmage game and head coach Nick Nurse did not appear worried following the Sunday night contest. The Raptors, who have struggled with injuries throughout this season, appeared to have dodged a bullet.

Separately, Patrick McCaw suffered an undisclosed injury prior to the start of the scrimmage schedule and missed a second consecutive game. Nurse mentioned that the injury is “a recurring thing that he’s already been out for.” Nevertheless, Nurse offered a positive update on the Raptors guard on Monday in conjunction with the VanVleet news.

“He’s gotta work through it,” said Nurse. “I think it’s something he’s got to play through, we’ve just got to let it calm down a little bit. I think it’s OK, we don’t expect there to be any major issues or problems with him playing here. So just, again, take our time a little bit. I think we’d expect him at the weekend.”

With one more scrimmage game remaining, the Raptors will be hopeful that the injury bug will be left in their rear-view mirror by the time they officially restart their season.


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