The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in what felt like a playoff preview. It was a hard-fought battle that featured plenty of physical play. If you’d rather not take our word for it, just ask Nick Collison’s head.
Collison got a nasty cut on the top of his head that resulted in blood pouring down his face on all sides. As The Big Lead pointed out, he likely suffered the injury while fighting for a rebound with Spurs center Jeff Ayres.
The Thunder forward went to the locker room to get four staples in his head before returning to the bench in the fourth quarter. It was one of those plays that didn’t look as bad as, say, Mike Dunleavy getting cracked across the face with an elbow, but the result was ultimately the same. If Gatorade is looking to make a commercial featuring backup big men, Collison will almost certainly be in it.