Update: The Lakers are still awaiting the results of Mozgov's CT scan, but he has been ruled out of their game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Update 2: The Lakers announced in a press release that Timofey Mozgov's CT scans are inconclusive and he will be reevaluated in Los Angeles. Original story follows.
Last week the Los Angeles Lakers Spanish broadcast team began comparing Timofey Mozgov to "Rocky IV" villain Ivan Drago. On Tuesday night the Indiana Pacers treated his face like Drago did Rocky Balboa's.
First, Mozgov took a shot to the mouth from Pacers point guard Jeff Teague that ended up requiring four stitches after the game. Such a blow would've ended a lot of players' nights, but not Mozgov. The Lakers big man returned to the game afterwards despite the injury but his face proved to be an irresistible (and according to the referees, incidental) target for the Pacers, who caught him in the eye and ended his night.
Following the game, Mozgov told Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News that the eye hurt "a lot," and the Lakers announced that he would get a CT scan in Atlanta to make sure he didn’t have an orbital fracture.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton had a simpler diagnosis:
Timofey Mozgov will have a scan tomorrow to rule out an orbital fracture. Walton said he looks like he got in a "heavyweight fight."— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) November 2, 2016
He wasn’t exaggerating:
Despite all that, the big man still hopes to suit up in Atlanta tomorrow because he is apparently the toughest person on the planet:
Timofey Mozgov: "I can see, but it's not regular."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 2, 2016
Mozgov on tomorrow vs ATL: "As long as I can see with two eyes, I'm okay. But if I can't see what's going on, there's no way I can play."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 2, 2016
Derrick Rose suffered an orbital fracture last year and returned in about a month, but if Mozgov did sustain such an injury he could be out for a significant amount of time.
Mozgov’s absence would be a blow for the Lakers, who would look to Tarik Black, Thomas Robinson, more small-ball from Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., and possibly Ivica Zubac to fill the void if he misses time.
Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for updates on Mozgov’s health situation. You can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.