WATCH: NBA Game Turns Ugly as Jayson Tatum Breaks Teammate’s Teeth

Published 12/26/2021, 1:30 PM EST
Nov 1, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


In a high-intense NBA match between Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day, Jayson Tatum crashed into his own teammate Jaylen Brown on the defensive side of the court.

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Jaylen Brown lost one of the tips of incisor teeth in the game at Fiserv Forum. He received an unintentional elbow from Jayson Tatum in the first half against Milwaukee Bucks. The team in Green quickly summoned the 25-year-old into the locker room, which likely urged to the injury concerns.

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Besides, the diagnosis of Tatum’s elbow impact on Brown’s tooth was not major. It just chipped the front tooth and eventually, he was spotted on the floor by the camera in the second half of the game.

Earlier in the game, Brown held the Celtics on top in the first quarter with a lead. He had 14 points and three assists before losing the tip of his tooth against the defending champions.

Despite the lead of the Celtics in the first half, the Bucks came back with a match-winning performance. They outplayed the home team and gained an impressive marginal win with 117-113.

Initially, the Bucks did look like they were out of control in this NBA fixture. But unleashing the offensive team play helped them to knock the Celtics down in the final minutes of the game.

Similar incident in NBA 2017 season

NBA gets physical according to the rush of the game, and it showcases the sheer dedication and involvement of the players. However, it is not always violent, but sometimes unfortunate and unintended. And this is not the first time, that such instances took place on the court.

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Back in 2017, Isaiah Thomas sacrificed his tooth for Boston Celtics. In the midway of the first quarter, his mouth hit the elbow of the Washington Wizards star, Otto Porter Jr. while swiping the ball after a chase.

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Thomas carried the tooth to the Celtics’ trainer at the sideline after retrieving in the court. The NBA cameras capture him with a smile on his bloody lips while doctors try to reinsert the tooth.

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VS Sharathprasad

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Sharathprasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Sharathprasad is a postgraduate in Mass Media Communications with a specialization in Print and New Media. He has been following NBA since 2012 and is an ardent fan of the LA Lakers.

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