Fred VanVleet not satisfied with NBA Finals berth, challenges Raptors to ‘take it another step’
Toronto Raptors backup point guard Fred VanVleet is not satisfied with just making it to the NBA Finals.
The Raptors are heading to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. However, for VanVleet, it’s still too early to celebrate as they want to get the job done against the Golden State Warriors.
“We’re not happy or satisfied with what we’ve done… We’re going out there to take it another step and then we can celebrate and have all the parties you guys want to. But until then, we’re going to try to stay pretty locked in,” VanVleet said, per Josh Lewenberg of The Sports Network.
VanVleet struggled mightily for the most part of the playoffs, but he played a pivotal role in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. After averaging just 4.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first two rounds, VanVleet stepped up in the conference finale and upped his production to 9.7 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Even more remarkable, in their last three games against the Bucks, VanVleet averaged 16 points on 68 percent shooting from the field and 82.4 percent from deep.
VanVleet will certainly hope that his hot streak will continue in the 2019 NBA Finals against the Warriors. This is the Raptors’ toughest challenge to date, with the Dubs winning three of the past four NBA championships.
Can Fred VanVleet and Co. win the Raptors’ first NBA title? It should be interesting to find out.