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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kings Injury Update: Rudy Gay fractures jaw during game against Lithuania

By on 9/14/2014 11:45:00 AM

Team USA entered Sunday, just a game from their second FIBA gold medal. But one player didn't look very happy on Saturday at practice, due to an unfortunate incident during the previous game. Kings' Rudy Gay fractured his jaw during Thursday's game against Lithuania after taking an elbow to the upper part of his mouth in the third quarter.

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Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports reported that Gay was less than pleased and make that clear in the handshake line after the game with the Lithuanians. There was still confusion as to the extent of the injuries, as a team official indicated a chipped tooth and bruising but no fracture. In any event, Gay was clearly not happy.
"I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal. The top is where I got hit. It's painful. It's uncomfortable, and it still bleeds, so I've got to continuously gargle. It is what it is, man. I think (the elbow) had a little bit to do with (the situation afterward). It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play."
Gay will be able to take part in the final game today, hopefully ending up in another gold for Team USA.

Gay, an eight-year NBA veteran, played in 55 games with the Kings last season after playing his first 18 with the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 20 points and six rebounds per game. In 585 career games, Gay is averaging 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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