On the second night time of a back-to-back, the Toronto Raptors are giving Fred VanVleet the night time off.
VanVleet has been battling via proper knee soreness since earlier than the All-Star break and on the heels of 5 straight missed video games, the Raptors are taking a cautious strategy with their lead guard who can be sidelined for Saturday’s sport towards the Denver Nuggets.
Resting VanVleet on back-to-backs is not essentially going to be the plan shifting ahead for Toronto, Raptors coach Nick Nurse mentioned pre-game. Any future selections will come all the way down to how the 28-year-old is feeling and if he is able to go.
Nurse was considerably non-committal on who would begin in VanVleet’s place, although he admitted he’s leaning towards utilizing Scottie Barnes as the start line guard alongside Gary Trent Jr., Pascal Siakam, Khem Birch, and presumably Chris Boucher.
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