Fred VanVleet Suffers Left Hip Strain

APRIL 24: The Raptors are listing VanVleet as questionable for Game 5 on Monday, having diagnosed the injury as a left hip flexor strain, per Josh Lewenberg (via Twitter).

APRIL 23: Raptors All-Star Fred VanVleet suffered a left hip strain in the team’s game against the Sixers on Saturday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports tweets.

VanVleet exited the contest early and ripped his jersey in frustration as he walked to the locker room. He’ll undergo further imaging to determine the extent of the injury, Lewenberg adds.

In addition to the hip injury, VanVleet has also been playing through some knee pain. His status for Game 5 in Philadelphia and potentially beyond is unclear. The Raptors managed to hang on and defeat the Sixers in Game 4, trimming the series deficit to 3-1.

VanVleet finished with five points, two rebounds and three assists in nearly 15 minutes, shooting 2-of-6 from the floor. Toronto received impressive performances from Pascal Siakam (34 points) and Gary Trent Jr. (24 points) in his absence.

VanVleet also didn’t return to the Raptors’ bench after suffering the injury. He’s coming off the first All-Star campaign of his career, averaging 20.3 points and 6.7 assists per game on 40% shooting.

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