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Derrick White of the Celtics goes viral after tooth incident in Game 5

Boston Celtics guard Derrick White will probably have to go to the dentist soon – but probably not before he has celebrated his team’s number 18.

White experienced a painful moment during Game 5 of the 2024 NBA Finals at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night when he hit his face on the court while trying to chase a loose ball with Mavs big man Dereck Lively II. Fortunately for White and the Celtics, he did not appear to suffer a serious injury as he was able to stay in the game and finish it. However, he did lose part of his teeth, which briefly became the talk of the town on social media.

Fans react to Derrick White's chipped tooth during Game 5 of Celtics-Mavericks

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White's grit and toughness that allowed him to stay in the game drew a variety of reactions from Celtics and NBA fans throughout the game, even drawing ridicule from his own teammate, Jaylen Brown.

Further reactions:

“Boston Dentist is watching”

“Stayed in the game. Champion mentality.”

“Looks kind of ‘possessed’ 😳😂”

“Still better than Anthony Davis'”

“That's why you wear a mouth guard. To soften the impact. It's nothing compared to a toothache. I'll feel that tonight when the adrenaline wears off.”

“That's OK. He can fix the problem after he wins the ship and signs the big contract.”

“When the Celtics got Derrick White, I was excited about the culture because he's a point guard hockey player. He's really willing to get his face smashed in to achieve the team's goal. He may be missing a tooth, but he hasn't missed a single play. What a guy.”

“This is a championship tooth”

“Collateral damage to win this championship”

White's current contract has one year left, but the Celtics could soon reward him with an attractive extension. He is set to make $20.071 million during the 2024-25 NBA season before hitting the free agent market next year. However, given his contribution to the team's success this season, it's hard to imagine Boston not wanting to keep him for years to come.

White came to Boston in 2022 via a transfer from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for “Josh Richardson, first-round pick 2022 [Top-4 protected, 2023 Top-4 protected, conveys to 2023 2nd-round pick]Romeo Langford and first-round pick 2028 [Top-1 protected, SAS right to swap]”, according to Spotrac.

Boston dominates Mavericks with gentleman sweep

White and the Celtics absolutely crushed a listless Dallas team in Game 5, 106-88. Boston failed to complete a sweep of the 2024 NBA Finals as it let Luka Doncic and Co. pull off a Game 4 win in Dallas, but the Celtics held on for their 18th championship in front of their home crowd at TD Garden on Monday. Jayson Tatum led Boston in Game 5 with 31 points on 11/24 shooting from the field. He also had 11 assists and eight rebounds and shot a perfect 8/8 free throws in 38 minutes of play.

However, that wasn't enough for Tatum to win the 2024 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, as the honor went to Jaylen Brown, who had 21 points, eight rebounds, six dimes and two steals in Game 5. White played 38 minutes in the title-deciding game, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds while playing solid defense for the Celtics, who won their first title since 2008.