Young chooses playoffs over wisdom teeth

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Nick Young, like most people, hates going to the dentist. Unlike most people, however, Young deals with his fears by simply not going. In fact, Young hadn’t been to the dentist in over two years before the pain caused by his wisdom teeth was too much to ignore earlier this week.

“I just have to get my wisdom teeth pulled out, but I’m going to wait it out,” Young said after practice Friday. “It’s something that’s been going on for a while, but I’m scared of the dentist. The medication they’re giving me doesn’t work so I have to get it done.”

The pain was so bad this week Young wasn’t sure he was going to be able to play in Thursday’s Game 3.

“I couldn’t sleep really,” Young said. “It bothered me all night, but I want to play in these games. It’s the playoffs. I’m just going to delay it as long as I can. They’ve been giving me stuff to numb it but at night and on the plane is when it really kills me.”

Young had nine points in 18 minutes off the bench for the Clippers on Thursday and hit 2 of 3 3-point attempts but said he felt “lightheaded” at times during the game because of the painkillers he was on.

“This has been going on for a little bit and it’s really my fault for not going to the dentist,” Young said. “I’m scared of those needles.”

Young says he will wait on getting his wisdom teeth out until the playoffs are over because he doesn’t want to miss any playoff games and doesn’t expect the pain will affect him during the games with the medication he's on.

“I’m not used to playing this long,” Young said. “I’ve been at home after April 15 the last four years and now it’s May 18 and I’m still playing. It’s great. There’s nothing like it, it’s something you want to be a part of every year."