Marcus Smart took an elbow to the face while blocking a shot with 2:44 remaining in the Celtics 104-97 win over the Pelicans Wednesday. A minute later, Smart air-balled a three-pointer as blood trickled into his eye. It actually worked out great for the Celtics, who were clinging to a two-point lead (95-93) at the time:
Smart said his vision was so bad after his airball that he had to ask Jae Crowder if he put in the rebound. Yes, he did.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 7, 2016
At that point Smart went to the locker room to get stitches, becoming the second Celtics player in as many games to depart late in the fourth quarter with an eye injury.
Earlier in the evening, Evan Turner spoke about the eye abrasion he suffered against Lakers. Via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:
I don't know anything about a scratch. I thought that bad boy came out. I didn't know -- all I saw was black. So I was kind of freaking out. I thought of 'Any Given Sunday,' when his eye came out on the field. So I was saying, 'No, damn, if I can't see out my left eye that would suck.' I'm glad it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.
I just ran off the court. I didn't want to be on the ground whining. Does this hurt you? Yeah, I curled up the fetal position for like eight seconds and then I was like, 'No, I can't go out like this.' If I'm going to cry out of my good eye, it's going to be in the back. That's why I ran to the back.
Turner appeared fine though, and was annoyed the doctors wouldn't let him suit up:
Asked Stevens about Turner "He was texting me [upset] about missing today's game" Turner had a streak of over 300 games played end tonite— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) April 7, 2016
Evan Turner on his protective eyewear when he returns: "Not wear like the Kurt Rambis goggles, but find like a MC Hammer type of glasses."— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) April 6, 2016
Evan Turner's eyewear choice is rapidly becoming the most intriguing part of Friday's game.— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) April 7, 2016
Now, if you're wondering about the strangely worded title, it's in response to the @Celtics Twitter account's difficulties identifying the difference between left and right:
Correction to previous tweet: Evan Turner suffered and injury to his left eye, not his right eye.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 4, 2016
Correction: Marcus Smart's laceration was above his right eye, not his left.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 7, 2016
Let's hope all four of Evan and Marcus' eyes are in working condition when the C's take on Milwaukee.
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