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:
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.
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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.
Warriors superstar Steph Curry -- who is out until at least early February because of a broken left hand -- has some free time on his hands.
So the two-time NBA MVP decided to honor his three children by getting a new tattoo:
Or is it three tattoos?
It appears Curry and his wife, Ayesha, both got the new ink:
In October, Curry was a guest on Bleacher Report's "Unboxed" series and he explained how Riley, Ryan and Canon are part of his new "Curry 7 UNDRTD" shoes.
"My favorite part of the shoe -- on the back there's a pulltab and it has monikers of my three kids. From my oldest, the horse, to my middle child is our butterfly, and then the son bringing up the rear -- we call him young wolf."
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Riley probably told her dad to go with the unicorn over the horse, right?
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The Warriors left the Windy City with a win Friday, and they return home to Chase Center on Monday in search of another.
Golden State (5-19) hosts rookie guard Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (6-16). Morant, the No. 2 pick in June's NBA draft, is expected to play tonight after missing his last four games with back soreness.
The 20-year-old has impressed in his first NBA season, averaging 18.2 points, 7.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. The Warriors contained the talented rookie in his first game against Golden State, holding him to 20 points on just 7-of-20 shooting from the field in a 114-95 win.
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Here's how to watch Monday's Warriors-Grizzlies game.
When: Monday Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App