Fred VanVleet needs stitches, has badly chipped tooth after taking elbow to the face


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OAKLAND, Calif. — Did Fred VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors point guard, really lose a tooth during a nasty collision in Game 4 of the NBA Finals?

After the Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 Friday night, VanVleet showed up for his postgame media session with gauze and small bandages under his right eye but no tooth-revealing grin. So the mystery lingered after what appeared to be a tooth was spotted on the court.

Until a reporter inquired about the tooth.

VanVleet forced a wide smile.

“Does that answer your question?’’ he asked.

VanVleet’s left front tooth was badly chipped — but he clearly hadn’t lost it, or lost his sense of humor when someone asked if he felt more Canadian now that he had a chipped tooth.

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