"Bro could peel a mango" - NBA fans react to Derrick White's chipped tooth after he takes nasty tumble in first half

NBA fans react to Derrick White
NBA fans react to Derrick White's chipped tooth after he takes nasty tumble in first half

Boston Celtics guard Derrick White took a nasty fall in the first half of Monday's Game 5 NBA Finals clash against the Dallas Mavericks. The play resulted in White sustaining a broken front tooth, with his viral post-injury photo sparking humorous NBA fan reactions.

White's injury occurred when he dove for a loose ball in the second quarter. He smashed his face into the floor, with Mavericks 7-foot-1 rookie center Dereck Lively II falling on top of him.

Despite severely chipping his front tooth, White stayed in the game. The ABC broadcast later showed a clip of him smiling, with a still of his broken-tooth smile quickly going viral on social media.

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Afterward, many fans on X/Twitter cracked jokes about his new look.

"Bro could peel a mango," @imdannydope said.
"Bro looks possessed with the black eyes," @dillybar2145 said.
"Jump scare," @Lindsayyy1243 said.
"This image is cursed," @PunksWorldd said.

However, others noted that White could easily afford a tooth replacement and may have needed dental work regardless.

"Don't worry, championship money will fix it after that faceplant," @SpookyBOS said.
"He needed new teeth anyway," @neverbeenequal said.

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Jaylen Brown trolls Derrick White for chipped tooth

Among those who took playful shots at Derrick White following him sustaining a chipped tooth was his Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown.

ABC's third quarter mic'd up segment featured Brown reacting to White's broken tooth. The three-time All-Star joked with White that the injury made him unattractive.

"Oooh, you sure is ugly," Brown said.

Nevertheless, White's production wasn't hindered, as he continued serving as an elite two-way role player. He finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers on 40.0% shooting. Meanwhile, the Celtics secured a 106-88 home win to clinch this year's title with a 4-1 series victory.

Monday's outing marked White's fourth time scoring 14-plus points in five finals outings. Over five contests, he averaged 13.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.4 3-pointers per game on 38.9% shooting.

Ahead of Game 5, White spoke about his and his team's desire to make the necessary sacrifices to win a championship.

"Whatever it takes to win ... that's what we've been doing this whole postseason. So whatever it takes," White said.

In White's case, that ended up meaning sacrificing a tooth. However, it was likely worth it for him given he secured the first championship of his seven-year career.

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Edited by Tristan Rawcliffe
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