Per the Oklahoma City Thunder, center Nerlens Noel was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Noel took a scary fall when contesting a shot at the rim during Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It resulted in a concussion, but it could have been a lot worse.
Here’s the official statement released by the Thunder on Wednesday afternoon.
Thunder’s official release on Nerlens Noel’s concussion. pic.twitter.com/V5LUVjAOm1— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) January 9, 2019
Head coach Billy Donovan offered another brief update prior to their Thursday matchup with the Spurs:
@okcthunder head coach, Billy Donovan gives an update on injured center, @NerlensNoel3 pic.twitter.com/h68NRrJeMD— Ayotunde Onabolu (@AyotundeOnabolu) January 11, 2019
Now that the former Wildcat is released from hospital care, he has officially entered the NBA’s concussion protocol. However, there isn’t a timetable for the center’s return.
Prior to the injury, Noel was averaging 5.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He also averages 1.4 blocks per game, which is his best since the 2015-2016 season. Noel had been an impact player off of Oklahoma City’s bench through 39 games this year. The team will certainly miss his production but is rightfully putting his health first.
With Noel’s play-style requiring him to live “above the rim,” his recovery status will be worth monitoring as he moves forward. Another blow similar to the one he suffered on Tuesday could present even further setbacks. Therefore, the team shouldn’t rush Noel back into the rotation.
Top 10 in Win Shares per 36 MIN (min. 500 MIN)— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) January 11, 2019
1-Anthony Davis (.205)
2-G Antetokounmpo (.196)
3-Rudy Gobert (.190)
4-Nerlens Noel (.182)
5-Kawhi Leonard (.177)
6-D Sabonis (.173)
7-Jonas Valanciunas (.172)
8-Montrezl Harrell (.167)
9-James Harden (.166)
9-Nikola Jokic (.166) pic.twitter.com/rjZZQeJCFp
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