Raptors’ VanVleet has surgery to repair partially torn ligament

Fred VanVleet of the Raptors underwent surgery to repair a partially torn ligament Wednesday.

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partially torn ligament near his left thumb, according to the team.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York, could result in VanVleet missing more than the initial timetable given by the Raptors, three weeks.

The guard suffered the injury during the second quarter of a victory against the New York Knicks on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

VanFleet is averaging 10.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 26.8 minutes in 51 games (22 starts) this season for the Raptors, shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Veteran point guard Jeremy Lin, officially signed by Toronto on Wednesday after being bought out by the Atlanta Hawks, is expected to fill the void during VanVleet’s absence.

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