Accidents happen. And sometimes those accidents hurt.
After taking a Shaun Livingston elbow to the face in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet needed seven stitches Friday night -- and to fix his tooth.
He had some humor with it, of course, saying that's the Canadian hockey way of life, but losing one of your fangs isn't fun.
"If that's what being a Canadian is, I don't think I want it," VanVleet told reporters in Oakland after the game. "You know I don't play hockey, I've got a lot of respect for those guys and what they do, but you know, losing a tooth is not fun. Obviously, the stitches I could deal with, but I was more upset that I could have the remnants of my teeth floating around in my mouth as I was laying there on the ground."
Luckily for him, he has some support from a local hockey guy who has a referral:
Lemme know what you need Freddy, I got someone good in the bay— Logan Couture (@Logancouture) June 8, 2019
The Ontario-born Couture, who made it clear he was rooting for the Raptors despite the fact he plays for the Sharks, knows a thing or two -- or six -- about dental work playing hockey as his full-time job, but losing one tooth is almost laughable compared to what he's gone through.
Flashback to a scary situation when the Sharks' center took a puck to the face, forcing him to miss the last seven games of the 2017-18 regular season. About six of his top teeth were replaced.
Take his advice, VanVleet -- he knows how to take care of those chompers. If that doesn't work, Drake can lend a hand as well.