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17:55  15 november  2019
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Fred VanVleet had a hard life growing up outside Chicago. His father was shot to death in a drug deal when he was only 5, and his mother worried that Next to Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet has suddenly become the most important story of these Eastern Conference Finals.

VanVleet in is first season getting major minutes, has thrived as a point guard who does the little things to help his team win. He is effective in the pick and roll, playing off-ball, as a team defender, and as a on-ball defender. NBA. Toronto Raptors .

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If the Toronto Raptors — the full-strength, everybody’s healthy and on the floor Toronto Raptors — had returned from their current five-game, nine-day road trip with three wins against two losses it would’ve been a pretty good result. To test themselves against at least three, and perhaps as many as four, Western Conference playoff teams and come away with more success than failure would’ve been extremely encouraging as the Raptors look to establish themselves in a wide open Eastern Conference and keep building towards what lies ahead.

But those Toronto Raptors don’t exist. These Toronto Raptors — who Wednesday night beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 114-106, improving to 3-1 on that road trip so far — are the ones that exist on an alternate and now very real timeline in which the team’s most important player fractured his left thumb on the first game of the trip, the most impactful bench piece severely sprained his ankle the same night, and the most encouraging early-season standout was gouged in the eye less than two minutes into the third game and hasn’t played since.

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  Lowry, Siakam lead Raptors over Kings 124-120 to stay undefeated at home Kyle Lowry had 24 points, Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors held off a late Sacramento surge to defeat the Kings 124-120 on Wednesday.Serge Ibaka had 21 points — 10 in the fourth quarter alone — for the Raptors (5-2), who remained perfect at home (4-0). OG Anunoby added 18 and Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 12 points apiece.

The Raptors ’ reliance on Fred VanVleet made them. VanVleet ’ s rise was symbolic of general manager Masai Ujiri’s mandate for a culture reset: unprecedented internal “We’re at our best when we’re out there not thinking,” VanVleet said before Game 2. “Just playing and flying around, having

Feat Raptor Fred VanVleet , Marcus Posley + Jordan Poole. At UW Health Sports Factory in Rockford, IL, Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors , Marcus Posley of the Sioux Falls Skyforce After playing with these two players , he will be more than ready for Big Ten basketball come this winter.

That these Toronto Raptors have an opportunity to exceed reasonable expectations set before the trip ever began is nothing short of remarkable considering the adversity they’ve faced, travel they’ve withstood and quality of competition they’ve overcome. And if not for a disastrous fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers, played on cement legs in the 12th round of a back-to-back, these Raptors could be looking at a perfect sweep.

“We just keep raising each other’s levels,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said after Wednesday’s victory. “For us that won a championship, there’s nothing we haven’t seen. No moment’s too big. Down, up, whatever. Injuries, foul trouble, bad shooting nights — just keep playing and have a chance at the end.”

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  Siakam, VanVleet lead Raptors to 114-106 win in Portland Down four rotation players, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam stepped up for 66 combined points to beat the Blazers on the road.The win improves Toronto to 8-3 overall and 3-1 on this five-game road trip, as they’ve piled on wins over the Pelicans and Lakers while losing to the Clippers. The trip concludes Saturday in Dallas.

Fred VanVleet bio, stats, and video highlights. Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam lead the way as the Raptors top the Lakers, 113-104. In Toronto, Marc Gasol sets up Fred VanVleet with a great screen assist off the ball. Lowry feeds VanVleet for the 3 for your Heads Up Play of the Day. Pascal Siakam scores 34 points and grabs 18 rebounds to lead Toronto past New Orleans on Tuesday night.

Both Fred VanVleet and Lucas Nogueira are restricted free agents. The team has the option to extend Nogueira a .1 million qualifying offer. Given the frontcourt depth, it is unlikely this offer will be extended. VanVleet is another story. He joined the Raptors as an undrafted free agent out of Wichita

VanVleet deserves a lot of credit for slipping seamlessly into the conductor’s role Kyle Lowry typically fills, driving Toronto’s offence, setting the tone defensively for a cast of depth players thrust into action, and hustling everywhere to do a little bit of everything. He’s carried a massive workload, logging 45 minutes Monday against the Clippers and 40 more Wednesday in Portland. But he’s had to.

Without VanVleet being so active and involved, Pascal Siakam would be left on an island to drive Toronto’s offence when he isn’t being asked to guard a primary threat at the opposite end. But VanVleet’s ability to not only facilitate offence for his teammates, but create it for himself, allows Siakam to better pick his spots and avoid forcing looks that aren’t there.

The added challenge is that with Lowry out of the lineup, the opposition is now focusing its defensive game plans on VanVleet and Siakam. There’s no more flying under the radar and benefitting from opportunities provided as a result of defences trying to take away Lowry and, last season, Kawhi Leonard.

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VanVleet has been steady in the pre-season so far, playing in each of Toronto’ s three games, 47 minutes in total, with 16 points and seven assists. He did get the start when Kyle Lowry was given Wednesday’ s game against the Los Angeles Clippers off, a rather rude awakening going against

Siakam’s had to navigate double-teams and traps, which he’s played through with mixed results. And VanVleet’s seen an onslaught of big bodies sent his way, as defences use length to dissuade him from shooting in close coverage or trying to finish layups in the paint.

The size of Landry Shamet and Maurice Harkless made the Clippers matchup especially tough on VanVleet, as he finished 6-of-20 from the field and 1-of-6 from distance. But playing against Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons Wednesday night in Portland, VanVleet took advantage of the additional space he had to operate, going 10-of-16 from the field (4-of-6 from beyond the arc) including several strong finishes at the rim.

Consider the image below. On the left is VanVleet’s shot chart against the Clippers. On the right is his shot chart from Wednesday in Portland. After the Clippers did a good job of keeping VanVleet away from the basket, he returned to finishing right at the rim throughout his 30-point performance against the Trail Blazers:

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But more than anything, it’s been VanVleet’s composure in challenging situations, command of Toronto’s game plans, and relentlessness under a heavy minutes load that’s made him invaluable to the Raptors over this stretch, and filled the general void Lowry’s injury created.

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— Did Fred VanVleet , the Toronto Raptors point guard, really lose a tooth during a nasty collision in Game 4 of the NBA Finals? The jarring moment came with 9:35 left to play in the game at Oracle Arena when VanVleet collided with Golden State’ s Shaun Livington.

Raptors ' Fred VanVleet : Double-doubles in victory. by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire. As long as Lowry is sidelined, VanVleet is likely to see a nice boost in his playing time, increasing his VanVleet set a season-high in rebounds in the game, but struggled offensively making just 20 percent from the field.

“That’s his biggest quality — he’s a tremendous leader and he’s a great competitor,” Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said of VanVleet Wednesday night. “His IQ, his toughness, and his competitiveness are what make him a special player.”

That turns up most on the defensive end. Nurse has deployed aggressive, hounding defensive strategies against the star players his teams have come up against on this road trip, and it’s impossible to argue with the results:

Nov. 10 vs. LALLeBron James33% (5-of-15)13-62
Nov. 11 vs. LACKawhi Leonard18% (2-of-11)12129
Nov. 13 vs. PORDamian Lillard17% (2-of-12)9-132

VanVleet’s been heavily involved in that, and on Wednesday night was the first line of defence against Lillard. That meant that after every one of his finishes at the rim — some that resulted in him crashing to the baseline floor — VanVleet had to quickly pivot and sprint back to the defensive end to pick up Lillard and either funnel him towards help when he had the ball in hand or deny him space when he was working off of it.

That the Raptors were so successful in bottling up Lillard on a night that VanVleet was so heavily involved in the offence is a massive credit to his work ethic and hustle. Not to mention Nurse’s schemes and game planning during a week in which practice time has been non-existent.

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Unsurprisingly, VanVleet ’ s playing time over the next month almost doubled to 20.9 minutes per game. More importantly, he was now playing in Still, VanVleet ’ s decision-making, leadership and tenacious defense are almost certain to keep him firmly in the Raptors ’ rotation for the foreseeable

Toronto’s defensive strategy against the stars it’s faced is not as simple, of course, as merely putting two players on the opponent’s best guy. Life’s about nuance. Toronto’s defenders had to in-game problem-solve the timing and execution of their blitzes and traps against James or Leonard or Lillard, quickly deciphering screens and pick-and-rolls and making quick decisions about when to be aggressive, when to cut off a drive, and when to sit back in a zone.

Everyone has to be on the same page, everyone has to know their assignment, and everyone has to be able to react quickly to a changing assignment when another defender makes his move. The mirepoix of that secret sauce is intelligence and effort. It’s cliché hearing every Raptor described as “a high basketball IQ guy,” but an ability to process, anticipate, and make quick decisions on the court is clearly something the organization has prioritized when acquiring talent.

You can say the same of sheer energy and will. VanVleet and Siakam’s acumen in this department is well established by now. But what we’ve seen over these last few games is that depth players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Terence Davis, and Chris Boucher possess some of the same traits.

Hollis-Jefferson has been particularly useful, after being thrust into a primary defensive assignment in the wake of OG Anunoby’s eye injury. His motor and length clearly bothered the superstars he was up against, as the 24-year-old stuck to them with quick feet, throwing his hands into every passing lane that materialized and forcing them into uncomfortable looks at the basket.

Is what we’re seeing from some of Toronto’s ancillary players a result of Toronto’s talent identification and development? Is it a response to Nurse’s tough love and intuitive coaching since the beginning of training camp? Is it mere osmosis from the leadership and examples set by players like Siakam and VanVleet? It’s a mixture, of course. It all plays a part.

And it’s all brought the Raptors to where they are now, with an opportunity to finish what could be their toughest road trip of the season on an inspiring high in the face of some extremely unfortunate injury events. The trip’s already a success, no matter what happens in Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. But another win could make it a wild one.

“For us, it’s just been battle after battle,” Siakam said after Wednesday’s game. “I think it just shows the toughness of the team. Banged up, we just don’t give up. We’re going to continue to go out there every single day, give our best effort — and whatever comes after that we can’t control. The only thing we can control is what effort we have. And I think we’ve been having pretty good efforts so far.”

Raptors fight back and fend off the Hawks, 119-116 .
It was a seesaw battle, a track meet, and eventually a nailbiter for the Raptors and Hawks. Thanks to the skills of Toronto, they came away with the late win 119-116.That’s not to say the Hawks didn’t put in an effort. Even coming off a shellacking against the Pistons the previous night, the young Atlanta core kept fighting — almost comically so, as the seconds at the end stretched on and on, filled with intrigue. It’s just that as limited as the Raptors may be at times in terms of ability, they’ve still got more overall talent and, most importantly, know-how. It’s how they eventually did reach a higher gear, climbed out of a seemingly game-long deficit, and put the Hawks away, 119-116.

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