Scola poked in eye, gets stitches

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Houston forward Luis Scola left the Rockets' game at Oklahoma City after being poked in the right eye.

Scola appeared to be bleeding after Oklahoma City's Etan Thomas poked him in the eye with his left hand while dunking with his right hand on the Thunder's opening possession of the game Sunday night.

A trainer came out to assist Scola, and the Argentine player walked to the locker room with a towel covering his face just 22 seconds into the game.

Scola had seven stitches on his eyelid but a team spokesman says his vision was not affected. Scola was not expected to return.

Scola had started all 16 games and was averaging 15.3 points for the Rockets, who are already without All-Stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.