Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner thought his eye fell out on the sporting field.
Turned suffered a left eye abrasion during Sunday's 107-100 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, which forced him to miss his first NBA game in two seasons - Wednesday's 104-97 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The initial contact was so severe, he feared his eye came out, referencing 1999 film 'Any Given Sunday', when an American football player's eye popped out.
"I don't know anything about a scratch. I thought that bad boy came out," Turner said.
"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."
Turner, who ran off the court immediately, added: "I just ran off the court. I didn't want to be on the ground whining.
"Does this hurt you? Yeah, I curled up in 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."