Noel averaged 17.3 minutes per game after the All-Star break as the primary backup to Steven Adams.
While the former lottery pick has been stuck behind Adams for much of the year, he carved out a consistent role, and that continued after the break. In nine games between Feb. 21 and March 8, Noel averaged 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. In his final game before the NBA suspended play, Noel went for five points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes in a win over Boston.
Noel collected four points (2-3 FG), three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.
Noel amassed at least two steals and two blocks in the same game for the seventh time through 52 appearances this season. Moreover, he's maintaining career-best percentages from the field and the charity stripe, and Noel continues to provide decent production considering his modest minute totals.
Noel finished with 10 points (5-5 FG), five blocks, one rebound and one steal in 16 minutes Sunday in the Thunder's 131-103 win over the Spurs.
Noel's production had been trending down in recent games, but he was able to reward fantasy managers that stuck with him during his relative lull with a big outing on the defensive end. Despite coming off the bench in all but six of his 48 appearances this season as Steven Adams' top backup, Noel is more than a block (1.5) and steal (1.1) per game.
Noel had two points (1-4 FG) and three rebounds in 11 minutes during Thursday's 123-118 victory over the Pelicans.
After posting top-70 value on the season, Noel has fallen out of the top 170 over the last two weeks and out of the top 200 over his previous three games. The 25-year old's upside will be capped while Steven Adams is healthy, but a stinker as bad as this one is unexpected. Noel doesn't necessarily need high usage to remain relevant in fantasy, but if he continues to drop quiet games like this, it may be time to check the wire.
Noel (face) posted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes during Monday's 107-97 loss to the Mavericks.
Noel was cleared to return after having surgery over the weekend to repair a fracture in his left cheek, and he finished just a point and two boards shy of a double-double even in limited minutes. He has been surprisingly effective even on nights when Steven Adams has been healthy, but Noel's fantasy value may remain limited to deep leagues as long as Adams is around and well.
Noel (face) will play Monday against the Mavericks, Erik Horne of The Athletic reports.
Noel, who underwent surgery over the weekend to repair a fracture in his left cheek, has been cleared to return after missing just one game. The big man posted averages of 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks across 27.5 minutes in his two games prior to getting hurt (both starts). However, Noel figures to come off the bench Monday with Steven Adams also back in action.
Noel (face) is considered questionable for Monday's game against Dallas.
Noel suffered a fracture to his left cheek during Friday's game against the Hawks, and he was held out of Saturday's matchup with Minnesota after undergoing minor surgery. It appears there's a chance he could be back in action Monday, though he'd likely have to don a protective mask for at least a few games.
Noel underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his left cheek and will miss Saturday's tilt against the Timberwolves, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Noel sustained the injury in Friday's game against the Hawks. He has only officially been ruled out one game, but he is expected to be re-evaluated next week, which indicates he may miss a few contests. If Steven Adams (ankle) is also unable to return, look for Mike Muscala and Darius Bazley to see much heavier minutes than usual.
Noel started Wednesday's game against the Magic and finished with 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3PT) and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.
With Steven Adams (ankle) out, Noel moved into the lineup at center and had one of his more productive games of the season. He matched his season high of 30 minutes and added two blocks to his final line.
Noel will start Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Making his return from a left ankle injury, Noel will get the start at center with Steven Adams out with an ankle injury of his own.
Noel (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Magic, Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily reports.
Noel missed Monday's game due to a left ankle injury. It's possible he'll take on a bigger role Wednesday if Steven Adams (ankle) ends up sidelined.
Noel (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Orlando, Steve McGehee of KWTV Sports OKC reports.
Noel missed Monday's game against the Rockets due to left ankle soreness and was unable to take part in Tuesday's practice, though the team is considering him questionable. He figures to be re-evaluated during Wednesday's shootaround.
Noel won't play Monday against the Rockets due to left ankle soreness, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
Noel was a late scratch Monday, as some ankle soreness appears to have popped up at the last minute. Mike Muscala figures to see more minutes off the bench with Noel sidelined.
Noel had 15 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 19 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 119-106 win over the Blazers.
Noel couldn't surpass the 20-minute mark of playing time in this game, but he was quite productive on both ends of the court. He should remain as Steven Adams' main backup at center but should also remain a decent fantasy asset since he is producing at a decent rate despite seeing limited minutes on the court.
Noel scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in a loss to the Heat on Friday, adding six rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 21 minutes.
After a six-game absence due to an ankle issue, Noel made his much-needed return in this one. Steven Adams (knee) was out, but Noel still barely cracked the 21-minute mark, likely due to some minutes limitations, ceding the rest of the frontcourt playing time to Mike Muscala. If Adams has to miss more time, Noel could be a solid option for hustle stats going forward.
Noel is starting Friday against the Heat, play-by-play announcer for the Miami Heat Mike Inglis reports.
Noel had missed the last six games with an ankle injury, but he's been given the green light to return and will enter the starting lineup with Steven Adams (knee) out Friday evening. This marks Noel's fourth start of the season.
Noel (ankle) has been cleared to play Friday against the Heat, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
Noel was initially deemed questionable with a left ankle sprain, but he evidently fared well in morning shootaround and will be good to go. He's a candidate to start with Steven Adams (knee) ruled out for Friday.
Noel (ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against Miami.
Noel reportedly took part in a post-practice workout Thursday, but his availability remains in question for Friday's tilt. He's missed the last six games with a left ankle sprain.
Noel (ankle) went through a post-practice workout Thursday, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Noel has missed the past six games due to a sprained left ankle, but it sounds like he's trending in the right direction. Per Lee, coach Billy Donovan said the big man will be reevaluated prior to Friday's game against the Heat, at which point his availability for the team's upcoming back-to-back set should come into focus.
Noel (ankle) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.
Noel's absence will mark his sixth straight game missed due to a left ankle sprain. In his absence, MIke Muscala figures to again see an increased workload backing up Steven Adams at center. His next chance to suit up will come Friday versus the Heat.
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