Tristan Thompson had reason to smile on Sunday night following the Cleveland Cavaliers' 125-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers: His two front teeth, knocked loose by the Lakers' Julius Randle, stayed in his mouth and his league-leading ironman streak will stay intact. "If I didn't have a good mouth guard, I'd have a tough time having a good dinner tonight, so God bless my mouth guard," Thompson said after taking the tooth-rattling hit in the third quarter and missing the rest of the contest. "It's part of the game. Whoever says basketball ain't a contact sport definitely lied." Thompson immediately subbed out of the game and retreated to the visitor's locker room. Randle was called for a technical foul for catching Thompson in the mouth with his elbow. "It was a pretty good hit, but I thought about just running down, going through the play and then fouling after [to stop the clock]," Thompson said. "But I was like, you know, dripping blood. Let me just get off the court and take the timeout." Thompson was attended to by the Lakers' team dentist who straightened Thompson's teeth and affixed makeshift braces on the spot.
Emergency braces secure Thompson's front teeth, ironman streak
ESPN | Mar 20