Just when the Toronto Raptors (33-12 SU, 20-25 ATS) were getting healthy, a key rotation player has hit the injured list ahead of Wednesday’s big matchup with the Boston Celtics (25-17 SU, 22-20 ATS), beginning at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Fred VanVleet is listed as day-to-day with a hip/thigh contusion.
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VanVleet appears to have hurt himself during Friday’s 122-105 romp over the Brooklyn Nets (+10 away). He sat out Sunday against the Wizards. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry logged 50 minutes for the Raptors, and all the remaining starters played more than 40 minutes. They’ll have two days off to prepare for the Celtics, who visit the Nets on Monday before they get themselves back to the Garden. Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) remains out for Toronto.
Kawhi Leonard Leonard, meanwhile, is suffering from tightness in his left leg. Leonard’s issue doesn’t appear to be serious – he finished Sunday’s game in Washington after a brief visit to the dressing room. However, Leonard also played 45 minutes in Toronto’s 140-138 double-overtime win over the Wizards (+5 at home). With the Raptors returning home Thursday to play the Phoenix Suns, there’s a good chance Leonard will sit out the first of these back-to-back games.
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