Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens Noel Diagnosed with Concussion After Scary Fall

Zachary Low


In the 3rd quarter of last night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Nerlens Noel suffered a blow to the head, followed by a scary fall, before being stretchered off and taken immediately to the hospital for tests. It was reported this morning that he has not suffered any serious injury and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

The immediate concern for Noel was the seriousness of the injury, but now that the diagnosis has been labeled as a concussion, the focus turns to how long he will have to sit out.

The NBA has a concussion protocol that requires players to pass certain milestones before they can play again, and because every person deals with concussions differently, it is unknown how long Noel will be out. It is fair to expect that he will be out around 1-2 weeks.

Nerlens Noel has played solid backup minutes to Steven Adams so far this season, so he will be greatly missed on the floor while he is out. In 13.7 minutes per game this season, Noel is averaging 5.1 points on 59.1% from the floor along with 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

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