LOS ANGELES -- The swelling is apparent above Shawn Marion's right eyelid and three stitches poke out of a purple zig-zag just beneath his eyebrow.
A hard elbow to the eye? An accidental head butt during practice?
"You seen that Windex commercial?" Marion said. "I got into a battle with a glass door and the glass door won. Dead serious. It was an accident. I was in a rush trying to get on the bus and I slipped and I had my glasses on and I cut my eye."
The accident occurred as the team was leaving its Portland hotel Friday morning after wrapping up the first-round series in six games. It was an honest mistake really. A couple of steps leading up to two glass doors wiped crystal clean. One door opens. The other does not.
"Instead of me going to the left, I went to the right and the door was closed," Marion said. "And them two little steps, and I had my bags and my water in my hands, and I kind of slipped right there and broke my glasses. I’m more pissed I broke my glasses."
Yes, Marion does wear glasses from time to time. No, he doesn't wear contacts when he's playing. He doesn't need to.
The glasses are a fashion statement, non-prescription Persol.
As for the eye, Marion got stitched up on the plane, sans anesthesia he said, by team doc T.O. Souryal. Entering tonight's Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, Marion said his eye won't be an issue.
As the Matrix might say, that's what's up.