Fred VanVleet is the latest Toronto Raptor to be bit by the injury bug. Along with Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, and Dewan Hernandez, VanVleet is expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time.
The breakout guard is dealing with a hamstring injury, which Nick Nurse indicated would take "a little while" to recover from.
With all the injuries that the Raptors have encountered this year, they currently look to be a shell of the team that won it all last season. After the loss of Kawhi Leonard via free agency over the summer, the outbreak of injuries has further battered down the reigning champs.
VanVleet was having a career year before going down. The former Wichita State standout was averaging 18.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game, lining himself up for a big payday in free agency. The Raptors will have to pray for a quick recovery for VanVleet if they want to have any more success in the coming days, especially after losing four of their last seven games.
Currently 24-12, the Raptors will have to fight tooth and nail to maintain their position in the Eastern Conference.