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Backup guard VanVleet out for Raptors' playoff opener against the Wizards

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet pauses on the court after a play during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami on April 11, 2018. The Toronto Raptors will be without Fred VanVleet for their first-round playoff game Saturday against the Washington Wizards. The backup guard suffered a bruised shoulder in Wednesday's regular-season finale in Miami. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Wilfredo Lee
April 14, 2018 - 1:10 PM

TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors will be without Fred VanVleet for their first-round playoff game Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

The backup guard suffered a bruised shoulder in Wednesday's regular-season finale in Miami.

"He's going to be day to day," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "Just don't want to chance injuring it further. He's getting much better. Just not going to go today."

VanVleet has averaged 8.6 points and 3.2 assists a game this season and has been solid in his backup role to starter Kyle Lowry.

He's also been a clutch three-pointer shooter, shooting 42 per cent from long range this season.

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