The Boston Celtics fell behind the Wizards 22-5 during the opening minutes of Game 1 Sunday afternoon, but Isaiah Thomas fought tooth and nail to get his team back into the game.
Thomas had his left front tooth knocked out at around the 6:30 mark of the first quarter when he collided with Otto Porter Jr.‘s elbow.
Down 17 at the time, however, the point guard had no time to fret over the dental damage.
IT simply picked up the tooth and handed it to head athletic trainer Ed Lacerte, who then passed it on to team physician Dr. Brian McKeon.
Then he grinded away against the Wizards, scoring a game-high 33 points to lead his Celtics to a 123-111 win.
“I was going for a steal and Porter’s elbow just hit me and it came out,” Thomas explained after the game. “I’ve taken a thousand hits like that and my tooth never came out.”
Thomas added that “pain is only temporary,” so he simply brushed the incident – and tooth – aside and balled out.
Culled from Celtics