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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  — Thunder reserve middle Nerlens Noel has handed via concussion protocol and was accessible for Thursday evening’s sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers.

A Thunder spokesman made the announcement Thursday.

Noel was injured Jan. eight when he collided with Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins and his head hit the ground. The crew mentioned Noel misplaced consciousness whereas being knocked to the ground. He was down for a number of minutes earlier than being taken from the court docket on a stretcher. Noel was held in a single day on the College of Oklahoma’s hospital for assessments and observations and was launched the following day.

Noel has been a vital reserve for the Thunder this season, averaging 5.1 factors, 4.6 rebounds and 1.Four blocks in 14 minutes per contest. The Thunder have misplaced two of three with out him.

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