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Report: Fred VanVleet to return for Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons

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Fred VanVleet (NBA Getty Images)

Fred VanVleet's return is here.

The backup guard was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons, but he was upgraded to probable a couple of hours before the game.

According to TSN, VanVleet will now come off the bench and be on a minutes restriction.

VanVleet has been sidelined since Toronto's win over the New York Knicks on Feb. 9. He injured his left thumb in that game, requiring him to undergo surgery for ligament damage. At the time, VanVleet was expected to miss approximately five weeks.

The Raptors have since signed Jeremy Lin, who has been the first guard off the bench in VanVleet's absence.

VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game this season, all of which are career-highs. He's started in 22 games for the Raptors, leading them to an 18-4 record.

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