Nerlens Noel Hospitalized after Nasty Fall Vs Minnesota

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after the game that Noel was taken to the University of Oklahoma's OU Medical Center.

With 5:16 left in the third quarter against Minnesota on Tuesday, Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken out of the game on a stretcher after a blow to the head and hard fall on defense in the Thunder's 119-117 loss. A defensive foul was called on Noel.

The Thunder did not release any details of Noel's condition and ESPN reported an official update was expected on Wednesday.

Medics were quick to rush to Noel's aid as he lay dazed on the floor and they carefully moved him on to a stretcher to be carted off the court.

In certain times, the NBA community proves that sometimes it is bigger than just the game of basketball and the outpouring of support for Noel was evident Tuesday night. "I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger". He shouldn't be taking any blame for it whatsoever. "It was one of those things I just felt". Fortunately, they responded quite quickly, the medical staff and whatnot.

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There was a bit more controversy as Tyus Jones was called for a travel instead of Saunders being granted a timeout, but the Thunder missed three times on their last possession and the Wolves' defense held. It was really good.

Said Thunder star Russell Westbrook: "I'd just rather not talk about it". Schroder was frustrated with the play and was exchanging words with Wiggins from across the court.

Wiggins, on run-in with Schroder in the third quarter: "I don't know what's wrong with him ..." Wiggins was confused in why Schroeder was so angry and that he was "acting insane for no reason".

Wolves players said not too much was different for them schematically in their first game without Tom Thibodeau, who was sacked as head coach on Sunday, but Wiggins played perhaps the best game of his career, scoring 40 points, going 16-of-18 from the free throw line and adding 10 rebounds. He's not someone I see as a problem. He was ejected following earning two technical fouls as the result of a shoving match with Oklahoma City's Dennis Schröder.

It was Minnesota's first game under interim coach Ryan Saunders, who replaced Tom Thibodeau on the bench.

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