Juan Toscano-Anderson is kind of crazy, but then again you’d have to be to do what he did on Saturday night against Boston.
In the final six minutes of the game, Toscano-Anderson sacrificed his body for a loose ball on the sidelines, causing him to tumble over the scorer’s table and crashed on the floor. While Curry coolly drilled in a 3-pointer seconds later, the footage of the crash was enough to make any basketball fan wince.
What a hustle play from Juan Toscano-Anderson. 🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) April 18, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Juan Toscano-Anderson exited the game with his head covered in towels to stop the bleeding. Later, it was revealed not only did he have a concussion, but he needed a whopping total of 35 stitches.
Juan Toscano-Anderson received 35 stitches for the cut on his head suffered in that sideline crash in Boston. He's been improving, but still hasn't cleared concussion protocol and team is playing it safe with the cut. Kerr: "It's a big, big gash." Out tonight.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 21, 2021
Toscano-Anderson is currently following the NBA’s concussion protocol and will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Wizards. Golden State will miss his “can-do” hustling attitude, especially since the Warriors need to perform well in every game moving forward if they want to make it to the playoffs.
It’s not like Toscano-Anderson is a superstar player that the Warriors rely on, but there’s something about his head-to-the-ground grittiness that makes him shine alongside others. If Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the “gold” of the Warriors, Toscano-Anderson happily gleams of brass; he can be a little rusty here and there, he might not age well over time, but ultimately he masters his role as one of many other cogs that make the well-oiled Golden State machine.
Juan Toscano-Anderson needed serious medical attention after scary crash
This season, Toscano-Anderson is on a two-way contract with the Warriors and averages 18.1 minutes per game. Compared to other players, he has a fairly low usage percentage of 10.7 percent. That being said, Toscano-Anderson is made of a whole different element entirely.
His ethos embodies that of a young (at heart), scrappy hometown hero who will do whatever the team needs, whenever the team needs it. His loose ball recovered percentage is 41.2 percent for offense and 58.8 percent for defense, which puts him around the middle of the pack. But in those crucial times that he does go for the loose ball, putting his body on the line, diving, limbs outstretched, desperate to win back even just a single possession, he uplifts an entire team. And as of yet, there’s no statistic for team morale.
When Toscano-Anderson recovers, it’s likely he’ll have less playing time since Warriors forward Kelly Oubre will be healthy by then. Nonetheless, no one can deny the fact that he truly took one for the team.
And given the choice, he’d do it all over again in a heartbeat because that’s just the kind of player Juan Toscano-Anderson is.