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Doug Smith: Couple of injury report changes for the Raptors today in Detroit Kyle Lowry goes to “doubtful” from “questionable” Fred VanVleet goes to “probable” from “questionable” And, both, really, are day-to-day in the grand scheme of things, as we all are
Doug Smith: Raptors list Lowry and VanVleet as questionable for Sunday in Detroit but nary a word about “load management” going into the start of the back-to-back. It’s early, though
Josh Lewenberg: Sounds like VanVleet has been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet jokes he’s gotta make up for lost time: “I’m going to shoot a lot when I get back. I’ve been joking with the guys that I got 5 weeks of shots coming, so when I get it they better just go for the rebound.”
Josh Lewenberg: Lowry and Green are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game vs the Lakers with left ankle sprains. VanVleet is still out but Nurse hopes to have him back in the next week. Ibaka begins serving his 3-game suspension.
Ryan Wolstat: Per the Raptors and a good idea why Lin signing was an even better idea: “Fred VanVleet is out with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb. VanVleet will wear a splint for approximately 3 weeks. The injury occurred in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s victory at NYK.”
Ryan Wolstat: Fred VanVleet doubtful for tonight for Raptors due to thumb issue.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet has been upgraded to probable for tonight vs. Celtics.
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet questionable for tomorrow Miles doubtful for Raptors
Ryan Wolstat: Fred VanVleet said he felt a tingling and wanted to stay down and catch his bearings. Says he thinks it’s minor though. Just the latest in a long line of bumps and bruises.
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet said all of the injuries are just one of those things. Have had unbelievable health as a team past few years (one of healthiest in the NBA in that span) now things are going the other way. He said rather have them now than in April though.
Tim Bontemps: Update: no Kawhi Leonard tonight. Fred VanVleet will play.
Eric Smith: OG will play. Van Vleet will play. #Raptors
Malika Andrews: Kawhi Leonard is starting for Toronto tonight. Fred VanVleet (toe) and OG Anunoby (personal reasons) are out.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet (strained toe) is out vs.Mavs; JV starts, Siakam with KL2.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors are starting Wright, Green, Powell, Siakam and Ibaka vs Melbourne tonight. Leonard (rest), Lowry (rest), Miles (rest), VanVleet (hammy stiffness) and Anunoby (personal) out.
Candace Buckner: #Raptors backup PG Fred Van Fleet is available tonight for Game 6 and Casey says they will get him in.
Eric Smith: Casey says Van Vleet will not play in game 5 tonight. #RTZ #raptors
Eric Koreen: OG will play. VanVleet won’t play. “The medical people are still holding him out,” says Casey.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet on his shoulder: “I can shoot through the pain, but passing, dribbling, running, fighting through screens, a little bit of everything was juncomfortable & pain is probably not the problem, just lack of range & strength would probably be the other biggest thing.”
Eric Smith: Casey says Fred Van Vleet will not play tonight in Game 4.
Josh Lewenberg: Some VanVleet math: he says he was at -100% when he hurt the shoulder, got back to 0, which felt like 100% and is why he played in G2. He’s getting better, but still limited. “Me at 50% won’t help anybody. I tried. It didn’t go as planned. Now I’ve got to get back right.”
Eric Koreen: Although Dwane Casey termed him as day-to-day yesterday, Fred VanVleet is listed as doubtful for Game 4. Don’t expect him to play.
Michael Grange: Fred VanVleet – doubtful for Game 4 – sustained a sprain to his AC joint on his right shoulder April 11th. Laymen’s term: separated shoulder. Likely Grade I or Grade II. There is no magical way to heal it. It is usually a minimum 2-week recovery and we are at Day 11.
Michael Grange: Raptors are holding out Fred VanVleet in Game 3 to give his shoulder more time, says Casey.
Eric Koreen: In regards to team’s approach with FVV tonight, Dwane Casey offered a “We’ll see.” I’ll have to get out my medical glossary for the one.
Eric Smith: The official word on Van Vleet from Casey is “we’ll see”. So…call it questionable…call it a game time decision…whatever ya like…we are all still in a holding pattern with FVV’s status/availability for tonight’s game 3.
Ryan Wolstat: VanVleet said he wasn’t quite right. Coaching staff made right call to take him off said he’s come. A long way and improved quicker than Raptors thought he would.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet on his injury: “I’ve come a long way in a week, I’ll tell you that much. I’m not trying to give you guys all the information, but I’m recovering a little faster than they thought I would or should.”
Ryan Wolstat: Casey says VanVleet just wasn’t ready. Said he tried to play, tough kid but “Mother Nature told him to take his time, let him heal a bit more.”
Eric Smith: Van vleet will not play. Day to day.
Josh Lewenberg: Casey says VanVleet won’t be out long. “He feels so much better today, without pain. We don’t expect it to be a long-term thing”
Josh Lewenberg: Casey says X-rays on VanVleet’s right shoulder came back clean but he’s still sore, calls him day-to-day. Unsure about his status for Saturday’s Game 1.
Josh Lewenberg: Casey said VanVleet could have played if they needed him, so precautionary thing with a tight back. Bebe will have tests done on his hamstring.
Doug Smith: Fred VanVleet’s back is tight, he’s done; Raptors down to 8 for the second half.
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April 25, 2019 | 5:37 am EDT Update
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