Rockford native Fred VanVleet answered the call in Game 4 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Semifinals, logging important fourth quarter minutes before the Cleveland Cavaliers finished off a 109-102 victory to sweep the second-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
VanVleet logged eight total minutes off the bench in the loss, and hit an open three for the Raptors in the fourth quarter that cut the Cavs' deficit to 87-86. The defending champs pulled away down the stretch, thanks to 35 points from LeBron James, and 27 from Kyrie Irving. Cleveland advances to the Eastern Conference Finals while the Raptors head home for the offseason.
VanVleet saw action in all four games of the second round of the postseason following a regular season that saw the Rockford product score 107 total points in reserve minutes off the bench. It culminates a first professional campaign for the Auburn and Wichita State graduate that started without hearing his name called at the NBA Draft and signing a Summer League tryout with the Raptors before making the roster.