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All-star guard Fred VanVleet misses Game 6 versus Sixers with strained hip flexor

TORONTO - Raptors all-star guard Fred VanVleet sat out Thursday’s do-or-die Game 6 of Toronto’s opening-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

VanVleet suffered a strained left hip flexor in Game 4, leaving the game in the second quarter and ripping his jersey in frustration on the way to the locker-room.

He missed the Raptors’ 103-88 win over the Sixers on Monday in Philadelphia that forced a Game 6.

VanVleet averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game this season and was named an all-star for the first time. But the 28-year-old has also been battling a bruised knee that kept him out of 14 regular-season games since late January.