An increase in minutes led to increased production for Fred Van Vleet Sunday.
The Rockford Auburn graduate scored ten points on five of seven field goal shooting in the Raptors 107-96 loss to the Wizards. Van Vleet also added four assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
He played 20 minutes. His court-time was increased in part because Raptors starting point guard Kyle Lowery was ejected from the game for getting two technical fouls.
But Van Vleet was more concerned with the Raptors slow start this season and their habit of starting slow in games.
“We’re not overreacting. It’s still early but I think we need to get a little kick in the butt here and get it going to start the games and the second unit has to be ready coming off the bench to spark it,” said Van Vleet to reporters following the game. “Obviously we need everybody to perform at a high level.”
Van Vleet and the Raptors will face the Bulls in Toronto Tuesday night. The game can be seen at 6:30 p.m. on Rockford’s MyNetwork TV.