The Toronto Raptors will be without backup point guard Fred VanVleet for the next three weeks at least after suffering a partial ligament injury to his left thumb, the team confirmed.
The 24-year-old will wear a splint for three weeks, after which a timetable for a return will be determined.
VanVleet is believed to have suffered the injury in the second quarter of Saturday’s victory over the New York Knicks. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Needless to say, this makes the reported expected signing of Jeremy Lin all the more vital.
The three week minimum timeline likely sidelines him for the entirety of the six-game homestand for the Raptors that begins Monday night against Brooklyn. Toronto travels to Detroit to take on the Pistons March 3rd and is back home for the Houston Rockets on March 5 before a three-game road trip to New Orleans, Miami and Cleveland.
VanVleet has had a rough go with injuries this season, dealing with shoulder and toe injuries among other nicks and bruises throughout his 2018-19 campaign.