Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams left the court after telling trainers he couldn't hear.
The OKC centre was heavily fouled by Moritz Wagner in the second quarter of the Thunder's home NBA clash with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Adams was seen snapping his fingers in his right ear after the foul.
After shooting two free throws, he complained to his medical staff and left the court just before halftime.
Wagner and Adams were wrestling for a loose ball when the Lakers centre's elbow made contact with Adams' ear.
Adams returned to action at the resumption of the third quarter with no apparent ill-effects as the Thunder crushed the Lakers 119-103.
The New Zealand native took a backseat to star teammate Russell Westbrook who created history with a rare triple-double.
The point guard finished with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. The great Wilt Chamberlain the only other player to achieve those sort of numbers back in 1968,
Adams has a productive game himself, grabbing eight boards, 13 points and three assists in the win.