By. Adnan Ahmad
Lebron James stays questionable for the Lakers as Los Angeles is on the second night of a back-to-back.
VanVleet missed Saturday’s 127-115 victory over the Denver Nuggets as he recovered from a right knee injury. After missing the previous five games, he played in Friday’s game against the Phoenix Suns.
The 28-year-old All-Star is averaging 21.3 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.6 rebounds this season.
In other injury news, head coach Nick Nurse revealed today that OG Anunoby (broken finger) had a follow-up appointment with a hand specialist in Los Angeles and that his finger is still healing. The aim is to put it to the test in practice tomorrow, after which he and the rest of the team will decide whether to give it more time or try to play through it.
During Monday’s 114-103 win over the Lakers, VanVleet had 11 points (3-14 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 40 minutes.
VanVleet had a big game as a rebounder and distributor in the win, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out seven assists. On the other hand, he struggled terribly to put the ball in the basket, making just three of 14 attempts overall and 2-for-12 from three-point range.
VanVleet missed the team’s last game due to a bad knee, and the condition is probably contributing to his recent struggles. He has only made six of 25 (24.0 percent) shot attempts in his last two games.
Before playing in the previous two games, VanVleet had missed five straight games. With OG Anunoby ruled out, VanVleet’s absence will be difficult for Toronto. Jokic has been a wrecking crew. With two of their greatest defenders out, the Raptors will find it challenging to keep up with them.