AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — It happened again.
Tyler Johnson lost a tooth during Wednesday’s loss the Pistons. It happened in the third quarter when trying to defend Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
“He just went up. Maybe I shouldn’t have let him get to the hole, I would have still had my tooth,” Johnson said after the game. “I think it was Caldwell-Pope who got me. He just got me when he finished, his follow through just hit me in the mouth.”
It’s not the first time Johnson has dealt with a shattered tooth on the basketball court. It’s not even just the second time it’s happened to him.
Actually, the tooth that was knocked out Wednesday was a false tooth from an incident in college.
“I didn’t even feel it,” Johnson said of losing his false tooth in Detroit. “Obviously I felt that there was nothing there. But it didn’t hurt or nothing. I thought I swallowed my tooth, though, because I couldn’t find it.”
Johnson also lost a tooth during a summer league game last year.
“It’s crazy, man. It’s crazy,” Johnson said. “I don’t know. I don’t think I was meant to have teeth.”