Fred VanVleet’s Game 4 performance for Raptors inspired by the birth of his son
After a series of struggles in the playoffs, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet put up an inspired performance in their Game 4 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. As it turned out, VanVleet’s motivation was his newborn son.
VanVleet admitted that his son, Fred Jr., inspired his Game 4 performance. The 25-year-old guard scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point country. He also had six assists, one rebound and one steal.
Fred VanVleet welcomed his 2nd child to the world yesterday, a son, Fred Jr. Been an emotional 48 hours, culminating in his best game of an otherwise disappointing postseason.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 22, 2019
He entered the game shooting just 4-of-20 in the series with a total of just 10 points. However, he stepped up big time when it mattered most for the Raptors.
It was a big game and a confidence booster for VanVleet, who has been missing in action all postseason long. The last time he scored in double-figures and shot above 50 percent from the field was in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic.
Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come for VanVleet and the rest of his team. After being down 2-0 against the Bucks, all Raptors players not named Kawhi Leonard have been heavily criticized. VanVleet has certainly hushed up the criticisms, and he can thank his newborn son for it.