INDIANAPOLIS — When Goran Dragic woke up Sunday morning, his right eye looked even worse.
“Through the night, it swelled even more,” Dragic said. “It’s really shut. I can’t even see out of my right eye.”
So as expected, Dragic did not play Sunday against the Pacers as he continues to recover from an orbital contusion. Josh Richardson started in Dragic’s place as Miami’s starting point guard.
The Heat’s starting point guard suffered the injury Saturday when he received an inadvertent Cory Joseph elbow to his right eye early in the third quarter of Miami’s 104-89 win over Toronto. The play was called as an offensive foul on Joseph, but Dragic left the game and did not return.
Dragic said the only way he can currently see out of his right eye is when he looks down. He can’t see straight ahead.
“His eye swelled mostly shut,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Dragic. “He was probably less than half joking this morning about cutting the eye so he can see look like Rocky. Everybody was calling him Rocky and Drago. He really wanted to be out there to play. But the smart thing to do is to sit him.”
The good news for Miami is that the eye doctor told Dragic there is no structural damage to his right eye. Dragic said he doesn’t necessarily feel pain in his eye, but he does feel pressure from the swelling.
After Sunday’s game, Miami is off until Wednesday when it hosts the Pelicans. The hope is that the swelling will go down by then.
“We’re going to do treatment,” Dragic said. “Ice, try to put electricity on it and try to move the swelling around. Hopefully the eye is going to open up. The good thing is the next game is [Wednesday].”