Doc Rivers reacts to Raptors possibly not having Fred VanVleet in Game 5

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CAMDEN, N.J.–As the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors prepare for Game 5 on Monday back at the Wells Fargo Center, the Raptors might not have one of their top players as they face elimination for the second straight game.

Fred VanVleet left early in Toronto’s Game 4 win over the Sixers due to a hip strain and he is now listed as questionable for Game 5 back in Philadelphia. He has not had the best playoff series as his knee injury has been holding him back a bit, but he is still a very important piece to what the Raptors do.

Toronto was able to get Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes back in their lineup on Saturday and he was a big help. He missed Games 2 and 3 due to an ankle sprain, but his return is going to play a factor as a ball-handler and a defender with VanVleet ailing.

“It just makes them more switchable,” said coach Doc Rivers. “They can switch and then (Gary) Trent’s the only guy that they probably would not want to switch off. That’s what they’ve done when Trent’s in, it’s two guys that they wouldn’t, but I think overall they’ve done a pretty good job. They have played those two together, but they’ll take one off, but it doesn’t change what we’re doing right now. We got to do the same things.”

Despite the VanVleet factor, the Sixers felt like they were very unorganized in Game 4 and that was their focus on Sunday as they made their return to Philadelphia.

“I’m just telling you, we were so random in what we ran,” said Rivers. “I gave him a quiz today, like, what play is that? I did that seven times and they were like, you know, it’s funny. We label every play and our video guy kept labeling plays and I was like, ‘I don’t know how that’s a play’. We weren’t where we needed to be for a playoff game focus-wise.”

As the Sixers get set to try and close out the Raptors for the second time, they will focus on the wide-open shots they had rather than where they came up short.

“We had a lot of wide-open shots,” Rivers finished. “You can look at that game, even with the way we played, you would take the 3s we had. I think it was a one-point game, we had four point-blank 3s and we didn’t make them. That’s fine. You’re gonna get those. You can’t worry about those.”

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