TORONTO — On the first possession of the second half Friday night, Toronto Raptors live wire Pascal Siakam was working in the post against Cleveland Cavaliers center Larry Nance Jr. Moments later, Nance was holding a piece of his tooth in the palm of his hand, angrily tossing it on the Scotiabank Arena floor near the Cavs bench.
Siakam plowed into him and knocked it out. Only Nance was the one whistled for a foul.
“It wasn’t intentional,” Nance said following the 126-110 loss. “But I did catch a vicious shoulder or elbow to the mouth and apparently my chin fouled him.”
Nance was in a surly mood Friday night. It wasn’t the defeat that stung the most. It was his mouth, clearly sore and annoyed about the eventual dental work. Nance said he would’ve been even more heated if it was one of his front teeth, but is somewhat relieved it was one at the bottom and is not really visible.
Even after the nasty collision on Friday night and Nance’s energetic style that leads to plenty of contact, he told cleveland.com there are no plans to wear a mouthguard like teammates Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.
Love is a spokesman for Shock Doctor and can probably hook his teammate up with a sweet deal. Thompson wears one after his front tooth got popped out last season and he needed braces.
Nance, however, said he would have problems breathing if he went that direction. So he will keep playing without one.