Oklahoma City Thunder: Nerlens Noel avoided major injury

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Nerlens Noel appeared to suffer a nasty head injury in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Today that injury was ruled a concussion.

During last nights game, things got very serious for Nerlens Noel and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Noel tried to block Andrew Wiggins during a dunk attempt. He caught an elbow from Wiggins. Then fell hard to the floor and laid unconscious. 

The arena was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Players immediately started praying and kneeling in support for Noel. At this point, it looked like a very serious injury as Noel was departing the game in a stretcher. 

As the night progressed there were no updates available on Nerlens Noel’s status. This made it appear even more concerning.

Today we finally received some news regarding Noel’s status.  Below is a transcript released from the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

“The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that center Nerlens Noel sustained a concussion after suffering a blow to the head from Andrew Wiggins’ elbow that resulted in him losing consciousness while being knocked to the floor at the 5:16 mark of the third quarter during last night’s game versus the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Noel was held overnight at OU Hospital for tests and observations and has been released today.”

NBA.com

While a concussion is nothing to play with, this is good news for Nerlens Noel. This injury could have been much worse. Hopefully, he can get back to 100 percent and playing soon. 

Did Andrew Wiggins do this on purpose? 

I have seen rumors that Andrew Wiggins did this on purpose. That is simply not true. He attacked the rim hard. Then Noel got in his way and got hit with an elbow. There was no malicious intent. Andrew Wiggins was just actually playing hard. That may have surprised Noel, to be honest. I cover the Timberwolves closely, and I am warning you that this is the new Andrew Wiggins. 

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