At least a few gasps were let out when Dario Saric fell on Brandon Ingram and his head hit the ground hard.
With over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter of the game between Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, the score read 85-73 in favour of the Suns. Brandon Ingram had the possession of the ball, and Saric was up against him, defending.
Ingram lost the control of the ball just the slightest in a crossover attempt, and Saric went for the ball. Although he got the ball, Saric fell over Ingram and Ingram’s head seemed to hit the ground hard.
Brandon Ingram heads to the locker room after his head hits the floor after contact with Saric pic.twitter.com/lY15KAZeUM
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA2) December 6, 2019
After what looked like a scary injury, Ingram immediately went into the locker room and the Pelicans reported that he would be receiving stitches after he suffered injury in the right eye.
Brandon Ingram (right eye laceration) is receiving stitches. His return to play status is TBD
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 6, 2019
Ingram, 22, is averaging 25.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game, shooting 41.5 percent from three. He had come to the team only in the pre-season as a part of the trade deal that saw Anthony Davis move to Los Angeles Lakers. In his short stay, he has become a vital cog in the Pelicans roster, and has certainly made himself an All-Star contender.
At the time when he left the court, Ingram had 11 points, four assists, three rebounds with his team trailing 12 points. A few minutes later, a feeling of exasperation and relief filled the court when he came back to play for the team. He finished with 28 points, five assists and eight rebounds, although he could not steer his team home.
“I just wanted to be there for my team,” Ingram said after the match as per Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “I been through way worse shit than hitting my head on the floor.”