Rudy Gay suffered a fractured jaw in Team USA's win over Lithuania in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup on Thursday, and the Kings forward wasn't pleased with the hit he took.
"I've got a fracture in my jaw, a broken tooth and am going to probably need a root canal," Gay told Sam Amick of USA Today on Saturday. "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.
"I think [the elbow] had a little bit to do with [the situation afterward]," Gay added. "It was a dirty play, man. It was a dirty play."
Gay and some of the Lithuanian players got into a shouting match after the game and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski had to step in to play peacemaker between the two sides.
Gay, despite having his mouth worked on until 2 a.m. on Friday morning in Barcelona before flying to Madrid, will be able to play in Sunday's final against Serbia, Amick reports.
- Chris Mascaro