Posted by Ben Golliver
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum got poked in the eye by Atlanta Hawks forward Tracy McGrady and he wound up in the hospital.
McGrady swiped at Batum's left eye while contesting a pass with roughly 9 minutes remaining in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game at Philips arena. No foul was called on the play and Batum remained on the court for the ensuing defensive possession. At the next dead ball he requested out of the game and immediately departed for the locker room with team staff. Batum left with 0 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist on 0-for-2 shooting in 9 minutes.
The Blazers reported that Batum would not return to the game during halftime and later noted that he was taken to an Atlanta-area hospital for precautionary X-rays. X-rays were negative for an orbital fracture and the team is listing him as day-to-day. CSNNW.com reported that Batum said he will play in Portland's next game against the Raptors in Toronto on Friday.
Batum, 23, is averaging 12.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game this season.
Here's video of Nicolas Batum getting poked in the eye by Tracy McGrady.