The Sacramento Kings Rudy Gay will be sidelined for Team USA’s Gold Medal game versus Serbia after receiving a fractured jaw in Thursday’s semifinal game against Lithuania according to USA TODAY Sport Sam Amick.
“I’ve got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal,” Gay told USA TODAY Sports. “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.”
Gay was hit in the mouth by one of the Lavrinovic twin brothers who have played a very physical FIBA brand of basketball for a long time.
“I don’t even remember,” Gay said. “I couldn’t tell them apart.”
The incident happened in the third quarter and was the likely cause of the typical basketball ‘scuffle’ between the two teams broken up by USA Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“I just wanted to get in the middle and I figured they wouldn’t hit an old man,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m Polish, I knew the Lithuanians were friends. I could be somebody who – those two things – Polish and being old, I figure that’s a good separator.”
Coach K is angry. Lithuania won't like Coach K when he's angry. pic.twitter.com/zGDULyPUrI
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 11, 2014
Note: Sportando reports Gay will play against Serbia in the Gold Medal game, but it seems unnecessary and very unlikely his club team would support such a decision.
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