Evan Turner on eye injury: ‘I thought that bad boy came out’

Evan Turner pressures Kobe Bryant on defense during Sunday's game against the Lakers at Staples Center. Mark J. Terrill/AP

Evan Turner’s eye is all fine and dandy now, and is expected to be good to go for game action this weekend — but the Celtics forward wasn’t so sure at the time it was poked on Sunday.

“I thought that bad boy came out,” Turner told reporters prior to Wednesday’s 104-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans at TD Garden. “I didn’t know. All I saw was black, so I was kind of freaking out.”

Turner was inadvertently hit in the eye by Lakers forward Julius Randle fighting for a rebound, and he sprinted off the court thinking that it was much more severe than it turned out to be, but also didn’t want anyone to see that he was in any pain.

“I didn’t want to be on the ground whining,” Turner said.  “I curled up in the fetal position for like eight seconds and I was like, ‘I can’t go out like this.’ If I’m going to cry on my good eye, it’s going to be in the back.”

There’s a very good chance that Turner will wear some sort of protective eyewear for at least his first couple games back just to be safe — and he had an interesting idea of what he wants that eyewear to look like.

“Not wear like the Kurt Rambis goggles, but find like an MC Hammer type set of glasses,” Turner stressed. “I want them to be a little nicer.”

The Celtics will play again at TD Garden on Friday night when they go up against the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m.



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