A DAY after getting his front tooth knocked off by a hard elbow from Talk ‘N Text import Ivan Johnson, Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee got his two other teeth saved on Monday and will be ready for Game Four when the Elasto Painters shoot for a commanding 3-1 series lead.
Rain or Shine’s physical therapist JD Calinawan said Lee underwent a simple dental procedure at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center to get his two other front teeth fixed after these got pushed up to his gums by the sheer force of Johnson's elbow.
“We went to the doctor’s clinic kay Dr. Mike Tan, at 'yun ang line niya (repairing complicated cases). Bale tiningnan muna yung X-ray result nung umaga, after that, yung dalawang bumaon na ngipin sa gums, inayos niya, eh ngayon okay na siya,” Calinawan told Spin.ph on Monday.
The Rain or Shine PT said he was surprised to see the combo guard’s teeth back to normal, considering the weight and force he absorbed after tumbling down hard from Johnson’s hit on Sunday.
“Magaling 'yung doctor. Siyempre, nung matapos yung procedure, namamanhid pa ang labi niya dahil sa anesthesia, but he was advised to rest today and tomorrow (Tuesday),” he said.
“He will play on Wednesday.”
“Saka ngayon, maayos na ang salita niya compared kahapon na para siyang ngo-ngo,” Calinawan added.
The Best Player of the Conference candidate will be wearing a a temporary denture to fill in the gap of his missing tooth. Lee will also start wearing a mouth guard come Game Four.
The 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year still managed to finish with 17 points, five assists and three rebounds after returning in the final period to help Rain or Shine score a 109-97 Game Three win on Sunday.