Oklahoma City Thunder energy ahead/middle Nerlens Noel was taken off the court docket on a stretcher Tuesday night time, after attempting to dam a dunk try by the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins.
As seen within the video footage embedded beneath, Noel took a Wiggins’ forearm to the face earlier than crashing to the ground. His head then bounced off the court docket, leaving him unconscious.
According to ESPN’s Royce Young, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan informed reporters Noel was taken to OU Medical Center, the place he remained in a single day.
“I simply tried to make an aggressive transfer and dunk,” Wiggins stated (H/T USA Today). “He tried to contest it. I believe he fell incorrect. I did not actually see it till I noticed him on the bottom. Hopefully, he is good. I hope nothing however the very best for him. I hope he will get wholesome quickly and comes again stronger.”
The Thunder held a four-point lead on the time of Noel’s terrifying third quarter damage, however went on to lose by the ultimate of 119-117.
Noel has handled accidents all through his profession, together with final season the place he missed 30 video games attributable to thumb surgical procedure. The 24-year previous middle signed a two-year take care of the Thunder in July, and is averaging 5.1 factors and four.6 rebounds an evening in 39 video games this season.