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SportsRaptors’ Fred VanVleet has funny take after getting his tooth knocked out

07:20  09 june  2019
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Referees miss Kawhi Leonard travel on Fred VanVleet dagger

Referees miss Kawhi Leonard travel on Fred VanVleet dagger The referees utilized a “let em play” attitude when it came to travels during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. Fred VanVleet nailed a 3-pointer to put his Toronto Raptors up 118-105 on the Golden State Warriors with under two minutes left, essentially serving as a dagger. Right before he got the pass, Kawhi Leonard appeared to have landed after jumping with the ball and should have been called for a travel. FRED VANVLEET — Dime (@DimeUPROXX) June 6, 2019 ABC’s announcers thought there was a missed call. That seemed to be the theme of the evening.

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet Sr. (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Raptors sharpshooter Fred VanVleet chipped his front tooth in Game 4. The initial fear was that VanVleet may have suffered a concussion or potential eye damage – but ABC’s Doris Burke Fred VanVleet headed back to the locker room after catching an elbow in the face from Shaun Livingston

Raptors’ Fred VanVleet has funny take after getting his tooth knocked out© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Much like the rest of his Toronto Raptors team, guard Fred VanVleet put up a gutsy performance in a victory over the Golden State Warriors Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

It won’t show on the stat sheet. VanVleet hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points in the big road victory.

However, it’s the toughness that this 6-foot guard showed that has him as the toast of Canada. VanVleet took an inadvertent elbow from Shaun Livingston in the second half of the game. He was seen with blood pouring out of his eye and a tooth on the court at Oracle Arena.

It was not a fun scene.

Showing to be in good spirits after the win, VanVleet had a hilarious take on the incident.

“If that’s what being a Canadian is, I’m not sure I want it,” VanVleet said of the missing tooth. That’s an homage to Canada’s pastime of hockey.

In typical hockey fashion, the man bleeding and without a tooth didn’t receive a foul call.

The good news? VanVleet is already about to get the tooth fixed. Maybe he’ll go with gold to represent a potential Raptors NBA championship trophy. After all, they are one win from a first title in franchise history.

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