The injury bug strikes again for the Toronto Raptors.
Starting guard Fred VanVleet, who suffered what was announced as a minor hamstring injury at the end of the team's win against the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend, is going to miss more time than initially expected.
"It's gonna be a little bit" before the Raptors know how long VanVleet is out, head coach Nick Nurse told the media before the team's contest against the Portland Trail Blazers.
VanVleet will miss Tuesday's game against the Blazers and is now expected to miss time beyond that.
VanVleet is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game shooting 39.4% from the field and 37.2% from 3.
He joins the long list of Raptors players already on the injury report.
Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (hamstring), and Norman Powell (shoulder) will each miss their 10th straight game in the team's game against Portland. Nurse did say that Powell is close to returning and "we should see him soon," but he stated over the weekend that Gasol and Siakam are still a ways away.
Even without all of these guys, they've still found a way to win games.
Siakam, Gasol & Powell will each miss their 10th straight game tonight. So, 5 of Toronto's top-7 players (PS, MG, NP, Lowry, Gasol) have missed 10+ contests due to injuries sustained in 2 games (Nov 8 @ NO, Dec 18 @ DET). Wild.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 7, 2020
Raps are 13-6 in games w/o at least 2 of those guys
Due to these absences, the Raptors will debut their seventh different starting lineup this season against the Blazers.