Raptors G Fred VanVleet chips tooth, needs seven stitches after taking hard elbow to face

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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet had to head to the locker room during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday after a hard elbow opened up a bloody cut on his face and appeared to leave one of his teeth on the court.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston took a contested shot in the paint and accidentally dropped his left elbow directly into VanVleet’s face.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 07:  Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors reacts after taking an elbow to the forehead against the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Four of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Fred VanVleet immediately hit the ground after taking a hard elbow to the face. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

VanVleet immediately dropped to the floor and could immediately be seen with blood flowing down his right eye.

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What looked like VanVleet’s tooth was later found on the floor by cameras. The Raptors guard soon headed to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion and received seven stitches, according to ESPN’s Doris Burke.

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Tests would later reveal that VanVleet did not sustain a concussion, clearing him to return to the Raptors’ bench later in the fourth quarter. VanVleet never re-entered the game though, finishing with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, six assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes in a convincing Raptors win.

Most importantly, the tooth was picked up and returned to VanVleet, per ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth. VanVleet revealed after the game that the tooth was chipped, not knocked out, and that he didn’t re-enter the game because he felt woozy from getting his face stitched up. Which is understandable.

VanVleet later posted a selfie on Instagram that revealed the extent of the dental damage.

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Looks like VanVleet is now qualified to be a hockey player too.

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