Thunder's Nerlens Noel stretchered off floor after taking elbow, nasty fall against Timberwolves
During the middle of the third quarter, Andrew Wiggins — who was in the midst of another impressive game in OKC — took it strong to the basket. Noel rose up to meet him at the rim, and while the two were in mid-air, Wiggins’ lead arm caught Noel right in the face.
That blow appeared to knock Noel out cold, because he fell straight to the floor, and didn’t try to brace himself. As a result, his head smacked the ground with a good amount of force, and he lay motionless for a while. You can view the video here, but be aware it’s a tough one to watch.
A stretcher quickly arrived, and the arena plunged into silence as the medical team tended to the big man. His Thunder teammates understandably looked to be shaken up by the incident.
At this point, it’s unclear how serious the situation is for Noel, but it certainly did not look good. Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told reporters after the game that Noel was transported to the Oklahoma University medical center, but did not have further updates on his condition.