VanVleet reveals he played through a sprained thumb and jammed wrist in Raptors playoff run


OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 13: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates the basket against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s been less than a week since Rockford native Fred VanVleet and the Raptors claimed a championship title. While VanVleet kept it pretty generic about his “bumps and bruises” during their playoff run, he’s just now revealing he played through a lot more.

VanVleet says he sprained his right thumb a few weeks ago and may have it looked at by a specialist in New York, just as a precautionary measure.

“Sometimes it hurts,” VanVleet said. “You sprain your thumb, you jam your thumb, you go check into the game and get smacked the first play you’re in or you fall or something stupid like that. It was on and off for awhile…”

VanVleet did undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb back in February. His previous thumb injury might have been why he’s waited so long to have it looked at.

“I may just get it looked at because you never know,” VanVleet said. “I’ve kind of been holding out just in fear that something is wrong with it. We didn’t get any pictures done. It was manageable.”

The 25-year-old point guard also told the media he also jammed his wrist during the Orlando series with his shooting hand, which he says may have been to blame for his shooting slump at the time.

“It happens,” VanVleet said. “I’ve learned to play through it. Even trying to think back, I don’t really remember games where it was bothering me too much. I try not to make too many excuses about stuff like that ’cause when I play good and I’m hurt, it doesn’t matter. I play bad and I’m hurt, same thing.”

VanVleet finished with 22 points in game six of the NBA Finals, helping Toronto to a championship title. He also set an NBA record for most made three’s off the bench in an NBA Finals game, making 5-of-11 from behind the arc.

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