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OAKLAND, Calif. — Did Fred VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors point guard, essentially lose a enamel for the length of a depraved collision in Recreation four of the NBA Finals?
After the Raptors beat the Golden Issue Warriors one zero five-ninety two Friday night, VanVleet showed up for his postgame media session with gauze and limited bandages below his simply discover about nonetheless no enamel-revealing grin. So the mystery lingered after what regarded as if it’d be a enamel became spotted on the court docket.
Until a reporter inquired in regards to the enamel.
VanVleet forced a broad smile.
“Does that solution your ask?’’ he asked.
VanVleet’s left front enamel became badly chipped — nonetheless he clearly hadn’t lost it, or lost his humorousness when any individual asked if he felt extra Canadian now that he had a chipped enamel.
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“No, I don’t,’’ VanVleet, who became born in Illinois, said with a smile. “And if that’s what being Canadian is, I’m now not obvious I need it. I don’t play hockey. I got a whole lot of recognize for those guys and what they develop. But losing a enamel is now not enjoyable.
“So obviously the stitches I will style out. I became extra upset that I will also grasp the remnants of my enamel rolling spherical in my mouth as I became laying there on the bottom.’’
The jarring 2nd got right here with 9:35 left to play within the sport at Oracle Enviornment when VanVleet collided with Golden Issue’s Shaun Livington. Livington became utilizing in for a layup and his left elbow caught VanVleet within the face.
Bleeding from below his simply discover about, VanVleet remained on the court docket for at the least two minutes old to scientific personnel helped him off the court docket and to the locker room, the place he got seven stitches. He did now not return to action nonetheless the Canadian media urged he would be a brand fresh hero within the hockey-wrathful country.
“He seems to be to be like luxuriate in he got crosschecked,’’ one cameraman cracked.
But VanVleet, who said he never lost consciousness for the length of the collision indicated the broken-enamel peep is maybe now not on repeat for Recreation 5 Monday in Toronto. In spite of the truth he doesn’t grasp a dentist there.
“I’m going to derive one the next day,’’ he said. “As soon as I land, I’m going to catch it fixed optimistically.’’
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