During the opening minutes of Sunday’s Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas got popped in the mouth and spit out a front tooth.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that it gave him shooting superpowers.
Somebody call a dentist pic.twitter.com/VFWg7Lok0C
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 30, 2017
The Celtics were down 16-0 when Thomas inadvertently took an elbow to the mouth while trying to defend Wizard forward Otto Porter. A front tooth shot out and Thomas calmly picked it up off the court. With a gaping hole in his usually toothy smile, Thomas went on to shoot back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers, which certainly helped the Celtic climb out of that deficit.
The Celtics went on to win 123-111. Thomas told reporters in post-game interviews, “It bothers me to talk, my tongue goes right through my tooth.”
Isaiah Thomas after losing his tooth: "It bothers me to talk, my tongue goes right through my tooth" pic.twitter.com/am8O48EEGs
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 30, 2017
Naturally, Celtic fans had a little fun with him on social media.
With the tooth and the height Isaiah is a pinwheel cap and a slingshot away from going full Dennis The Menace
— Christian Arcand (@ChristianArcand) April 30, 2017
Does Isaiah Thomas' tooth have a Twitter account yet?
— Amara Grautski (@AmaraGrautski) April 30, 2017
— @Joe_Rossman (@Joe_Rossman) April 30, 2017
Isaiah Thomas out here looking like Dragonfly Jonez ???? pic.twitter.com/Ubt2ybtPTR
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) April 30, 2017