Nelson Noel, Thunder center, was taken off the court, on a stretcher, halfway in the third quarter following his head which hit the floor on a hard fall. Further, Noel was taken to OU Medical Center and will be held there overnight and be evaluated. It is believed that the team do not have any further development on his state as per coach Billy Donovan after their 119-117 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Noel's status of his injury is likely to be released soon. He went up to contest a dunk by Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins, and caught an elbow to the face and landed hard on his right side. As the 24-year-old hit the floor, his head bounced off the hardwood. As a result, he was motionless beneath the basket for several minutes. His teammates and Thunder medical personnel surrounded him soon with visible concern.
Noel was moving as staff attended to him, and he was conscious as he was taken off the floor on a stretcher. Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins stated, "I just tried to make an aggressive move and dunk. He tried to contest it. I think he fell wrong. I didn't really see it until I saw him on the ground. Hopefully he's good. I hope nothing but the best for him. I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger."
Post the unfortunate incident, many Wolves players were interested in receiving updates on Noel, enquiring about his status and eager for the latest information available.
Steven Adams told, "It was just a really s--- play. It's unfortunate that it happened. Obviously, Wiggins didn't mean anything in that -- that should be said. He shouldn't be taking any blame for it whatsoever. It's just one of those crazy plays that happens. Fortunately, they responded quite quickly, the medical staff and whatnot. It was really good. I felt like he was in the best hands at the time, which was good," he signed off.
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