It was incredibly scary when it happened — Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins went in for a dunk and Oklahoma City’s Nerlens Noel challenged him. Noel took an inadvertent elbow to the face and when he fell hit his head hard on the court. He stayed down for several minutes and had to be stretchered off the court.
Noel suffered a concussion but nothing more, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Atheltic.
While concussions are serious and this could sideline Noel for a while, this could have been much worse with a head/neck/spine injury. Good for the Thunder and Noel.
There is no timeline for his return, and while he has given OKC 14 quality, efficient minutes as a reserve nightly they are not about to rush him back from this.