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SportsRaptors’ Fred VanVleet will keep sticking his nose where he thinks it belongs

07:45  10 june  2019
07:45  10 june  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Fredderick Edmund VanVleet Sr. (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Raptors’ Fred VanVleet will keep sticking his nose where he thinks it belongs© Chris Young Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is averaging 12.8 points and 0.25 lost teeth a game in the NBA Finals.

Fred VanVleet has spent more than his fair share of the Raptors’ playoff run looking like the bu-t of a you-should-see-the-other-guy joke.

Toronto’s backup point guard needed stitches under his left eye after taking an elbow to the face late in game three of the Eastern Conference final against the Milwaukee Bucks. The right side of his face took a beating in Toronto’s Game 4 win over Golden State on Friday, when an errant elbow by Warriors guard Shaun Livingston knocked out VanVleet’s front tooth and broke the skin on his right cheek, requiring another seven stitches.

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He keeps the offense flowing and his 7.03 pure point VanVleet will have to prove he can translate his effectiveness against the more physically gifted VanVleet is a pick and roll maestro, with 58% of his total possessions logged by Synergy Sports Technology derived from him running the pick and roll.

“ He thinks he ’s six-foot-eight but he realizes when goes in there he ’s five-nine. “ He manages, he ’s one of the toughest guys when it comes to that.” VanVleet has emerged as a eader of Toronto’s second unit because of his consistent effort and relatively calm demeanour. He ’s also, along with the other

It is not always pretty but it comes with the job, VanVleet said.

“You’re not going to get knocked around like that if you don’t stick your nose in there sometimes,” he said. “It was an unfortunate play but it happens, it’s basketball. If you haven’t got your eye cut up or got hit in the mouth a couple of times playing basketball, then you might be playing it the wrong way.”

VanVleet’s first stop when the Raptors returned to Toronto Saturday was a hospital, where a CT scan ruled out any broken bones in his face. Then he paid a visit to the dentist, where he had his lost front tooth replaced.

“That tooth is long gone,” said VanVleet, who refused to give cameras a sneak peak at his new pearly white during Sunday’s media availability. “I saw something on TV that looked like my tooth. I don’t know if it was. Could’ve used that.”

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Raptors guard Fred VanVleet suffered an apparent facial injury during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night when he was on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston. Oh man. Livingston accidentally CRUSHED VanVleet in the face with his left

Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was seen bleeding from his eye area after taking an elbow from Warriors guard Shaun Livingston on a rebound attempt. Livingston went up to pull down a missed Warriors shot when his left elbow connected with VanVleet ’s face with 9

The vision in VanVleet’s right eye is still a bit blurry and it waters randomly. He has a chip in one of his bottom teeth that hurts “more than anything” but that’s as serious as the issues get.

“No symptoms, no concussion, so you guys can leave that alone,” said VanVleet, whose sported a black eye and a bandaged cheek on Sunday. “We have great doctors and great staff, the NBA’s great and they follow the protocol. They’re very annoying and they make sure that we’re in our right state of mind before we go out there.”

VanVleet should be out there for Monday’s potential series-clincher, and the Raptors will be happy to have him back. The guard is shooting 45.2 per cent from the field and 34.8 per cent from three while averaging 12.8 points, three assists and 1.5 steals in these Finals.

He was asked a number of questions about his impact off the bench, what it means for a guy from Rockford, Ill. to make the Finals and to be one of the longest-tenured players for the franchise, among other things. But VanVleet isn’t interested in answering those kinds of questions just yet.

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It was there where VanVleet competed in a game of 1-on-1 against a D-League player and one of the best VanVleet wasn’t in that position because someone ahead of him in the rotation was injured or in foul trouble. He has closed a number of games for the Raptors this season — Lowry, DeRozan and

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse thought Fred VanVleet was a little “grouchy” after the team’s rout of the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. A couple of days off seemed to work wonders; VanVleet was in fine fettle and fine form on Tuesday night. Making his 19th start of the season with Kawhi Leonard

“Just trying to close out this series,” he said. “I’m not trying to do too much reflecting. This feels like an exit interview right now. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves right now. We’ve still got work to do.”

One area he is willing to reflect on? His mouth, which wasn’t protected by a mouthguard in Game 4 but will be in Game 5, much to VanVleet’s distain.

“I hate wearing mouthpieces,” he said. “I’m a gambler so I gambled and sometimes it comes back to bite you in the bu-t … All kids out there, wear mouthpieces.”

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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