Broken Tooth, Five Stitches, Then This Aussie Wins An NBA Game
Thon Maker, Tooth Breaker, Game Changer.
Maker is a 21-year-old Aussie of South Sudanese descent who grew up in Perth and played college basketball in America.
And as today's NBA game between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons showed, he's tough.
The 216 cm giant was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Pistons earlier this season and he's already earning plenty of admirers in the Motor City for his basketball.
The plaudits just got a whole lot louder after this little incident in the game against the Wizards, which for the record the Pistons won 121-112.
Maker copped an unintentional blow to the mouth which you can watch in the video at the top of the story.
And played on after stitches and a broken tooth. And scored five points. And helped his team win. And got the local commentators all kinds of excited.
COMMENTATOR 1: Pistons fans love their tough guys, right?
COMMENTATOR 2: He's a tough guy, all right. When you take that shot in the grille and you come back and be productive and not actually worry about it. You see a lot of guys get hurt in a ball game and it seems to affect the way they play the rest of the game, but it didn't seem to affect Thon Maker. He's one of those tough guys that the Pistons need.
And in other news, this guy MAKES a very good point.