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Raptors’ Fred Van Vleet (shoulder) returns for Game 6 vs. Wizards

Fred Van Vleet

According to a report from Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, Torontyo Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet has been cleared to play in Friday night’s Game 6 matchup against the Washington Wizards, though it is not clear how much playing time he might receive.

VanVleet, now 24 years of age, has been dealing with a shoulder injury since Toronto’s regular season finale. He logged three minutes in Game 2 of this series, but was ruled out of Games 3, 4 and 5.

There is no doubt VanVleet wants to be on the floor with his teammates.

“You’re gonna have to cut my arm off to get me to not feel like I can play,” VanVleet told The Athletic last week.

VanVleet made 76 appearances with the Raptors during their 2017-18 regular season campaign, averaging 8.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting from the field (41.4 percent from beyond the arc), 3.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and just under one steal (0.9) in 20.0 minutes per game. He was listed as day-to-day yesterday.

In other injury news, the Wizards announced on Friday that Otto Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the first round after undergoing a procedure on his left leg.

As a result of Wednesday night’s 108-98 victory, the Raptors have taken a 3-2 lead in their series against the Wizards. Game 6 is set to tip inside Capital One Arena at 7:00 p.m. EST on Friday night with NBA TV having live broadcast coverage.