Thunder center Nerlens Noel suffers concussion in scary fall that left him unconscious

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Nerlens Noel suffered a concussion during a frightening fall that left him unconscious in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Noel challenged a dunk attempt from Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins and took an elbow to his face. The 6-foot-11 center fell flat on the court, and his head bounced off the floor.

Noel appears to lose consciousness

Noel went limp and appeared to lose consciousness.

Medics attended to Noel and ended up wheeling him off the court on a stretcher.

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Jan 8, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) is examined after suffering an apparent injury against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Minnesota won 119-117. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel is attended to after an injury during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Noel was taken off the court. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel is wheeled off the court on a stretcher in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jan 8, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nerlens Noel (3) is placed on a stretcher after suffering an apparent injury against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Minnesota won 119-117. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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Immediately after the game, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told reporters that Noel went to a local hospital but didn’t provide any further details on his status.

According to Charania, Noel was diagnosed with a concussion, avoiding more serious injury. He will entering the NBA’s concussion protocol and continue to be evaluated in the coming days.

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