Toronto Raptors Point Guard Fred VanVleet Comes through in Clutch

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Toronto Raptors Point Guard Fred VanVleet Comes through in Clutch


VanVleet comes through in clutch for Raptors

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OAKLAND, Calif. - A two-time NBA most valuable player was full of praise for an undrafted point guard at the conclusion of the NBA Finals.

Leave it to Stephen Curry to sum up what Fred VanVleet means to the Toronto Raptors.

"He's a gamer," the Golden State Warriors star said after VanVleet's clutch performance in the Raptors' championship-clinching 114-110 win in Game 6 on Thursday night.

"He hit some big shots. Not just in the face of pressure, he hit a lot of daggers (and) never seemed to panic when the ball was in his hands. And even tonight he hit like three of them that kept the momentum on their side. So obviously saw a lot of bodies on defence, but he was one that took the challenge.

"And obviously he's a champion now. So, well deserved."

VanVleet's 22-point performance in Game 6 -- highlighted by a trio of clutch three-pointers in the fourth quarter -- capped an unforgettable post-season. After a huge downturn in his play in the second round (he hit just three shots from the field in seven games against the Philadelphia 76ers), VanVleet experienced true joy on and off the court.

After his son Fred Jr., was born on May 20 (in between games during the Eastern Conference final), VanVleet elevated his game in a big way -- though he has been playing down that angle regularly.

When asked if his son was MVP of the playoffs, VanVleet said, "If that's what you want, man, write whatever story you want. I don't even give a damn. Just unbelievably blessed. …

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