In Oklahoma City’s game against the Timberwolves last night, suffice to say it was not the best of games for the Thunder. The game ended in a 117-119 loss for them, but that’s not even the worst part. A little more than halfway through the 3rd quarter, Thunder center/power forward and big man Nerlens Noel was on the receiving end of an offensive elbow from Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins. Unfortunately, that may have thrown him off balance on his way down from the attempted block.
Take a look at the video and slow-motion replay below:
Watching the replay, you’ll notice that he made an attempt to reach his arm out to break his fall. However, that didn’t stop his head from hitting the hardcourt and I’m not gonna lie – it looks nasty. On top of the whiplash from Wiggins’ elbow, that’s definitely going to amount to a pretty bad head injury.
Nerlens Noel was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans but was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He stayed with the 76ers until the 2016-2017 season and then moved to the Dallas Mavericks for one season. Unfortunately, his career thus far has been riddled with injuries, starting with his torn left ACL when he entered the league. Each season for Noel has seen injuries that have him missing a significant number of games – or, as was the case in 2013-2014, the entire season. This head injury could keep him out yet again, though there’s no news yet as to how severe it is.
We’ll keep updating once we learn more about the extent of his injuries. Stay tuned!