Noel had four points (2-3 FG), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 12 minuted during Thursday's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers. Noel returned to the lineup following a three-game absence due to a concussion. He played sparingly, but it was good to see him back in action after he suffered a scary fall back on Jan. 8 versus the Timberwolves. Noel's status as a backup big man behind Steven Adams limits his value to deeper leagues.
Noel (concussion) has passed through concussion protocol and will make his return Thursday against the Lakers, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports. Noel has missed the past three games after a scary fall Jan. 8 against Minnesota, which placed him in concussion protocol. As a result of passing all the necessary tests, the backup center will resume his place in the Thunder's rotation Thursday. Since December, excluding the contest in which he suffered the concussion, Noel is averaging 4.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and a combined 2.8 blocks/steals across 14.3 minutes.
Noel remains in concussion protocol, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports. However, Noel did some light non-contact work during practice Wednesday and is reportedly getting closer to a return. The Kentucky product will seemingly have to be cleared in time if he wants to see the court during Thursday's matchup against the Lakers. If not, the contest against the 76ers on Saturday remains a high possibility of a return for Noel.
Noel is still in concussion protocol and did not practice Monday, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports. It sounds like Noel is set to miss a third straight game as he continues to progress through the league's concussion protocol. The big man remains without a timetable for his return; Steven Adams and Patrick Patterson should continue to handle the bulk of minutes at center with Noel sidelined.
Noel (head) is listed as out for Saturday's tilt with the Spurs, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports. As expected, Noel won't play Saturday after taking an ugly fall in Tuesday's game against Minnesota and missing Thursday's game against the Spurs. He avoided any structural damage, but has not been given a definite timetable for return. Noel will remain day-to-day with his next opportunity to play coming Tuesday at Atlanta.
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