Fred VanVleet needs stitches, appears to lose tooth after taking elbow to the face

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet needed stitches after a nasty collision in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and he might have lost a tooth from the jarring moment at Oracle Arena.

VanVleet was bleeding from the area around his right eye and video showed what appeared to be a tooth that remained on the court during subsequent play.

The collision took place with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter when Golden State’s Shaun Livingston was driving in for a layup and VanVleet appeared to try to block the shot.

Livingston crashed into VanVleet, who fell to the court and remained there for at least two minutes while medical staff attended to him.

VanVleet needed stitches but did not suffer a concussion and was available to return, according to NBA.com. However, the Raptors guard did not return, instead sitting on the bench to watch as the Raptors took a 3-1 lead in the series. 

Medical staff attended to VanVleet as a handful of his teammates gathered around to check on his condition before he was helped off the court.

At the time, Toronto led 82-70. The Raptors went on to win 105-92 to move within one game of their first NBA championship.  

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