Before his huge Game 5 for the Raptors, Fred VanVleet became a dad; he told the story
Speaking with Richard Deitsch of FAN950, VanVleet’s week consisted of running to the hospital back and forth, then back to the arena, then lacing up for the big game up ahead. In between, he slipped in a couple of naps. Read his story below:
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 24, 2019
It is safe to conclude that it has been a tough yet beautiful week for the 25-year-old. Apart from tending to his family, he also had to put his best foot forward in the playoffs. He did just that.
After the birth of his son, Fred Jr., the Wichita State product put an end to his postseason slump. In Game 4, he notched 13 points and shot 83.3 percent from the field, and was 3-of-3 from downtown. This was his first double-digit effort in scoring with over 50 percent shooting since Game 1 against the Orlando Magic in the first round.
In Game 5, he continued his inspired effort by chipping in 21 points on 53.8 percent shooting from the field and 7-of-9 from downtown. This is his most productive game yet in the postseason.
It’s really a great story. A newborn baby does change the perspective of a parent. If this trend continues, we may see another stellar performance from Fred VanVleet in Game 6.