Raptors’ all-star VanVleet ruled out of Game 5

PHILADELPHIA – The Toronto Raptors will not have all-star guard Fred VanVleet in the lineup for Monday’s playoff game with the Philadelphia 76ers.

VanVleet has been ruled out of Game 5 with a strained left hip flexor.

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The Raptors trail the Sixers 3-1 in the best-of-seven opening-round playoff series and need a win to stave off elimination.

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VanVleet played less than 15 minutes of Toronto’s 110-102 win over Philly on Saturday, limping off the court and ripping his jersey in frustration.

He averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game this season and was named an All-Star for the first time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2022.

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