Nerlens Noel Taken Off On Stretcher After Wiggins' Dunk Attempt

Video: Andrew Wiggins Calls Dennis Schroder

Video: Andrew Wiggins Calls Dennis Schroder "Gay" In Postgame Interview

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

During the game, Thunder big man Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher after he hit his head on the floor while trying to block a Wiggins dunk attempt.

Noel was moving as staff attended to him, and he was conscious as he was taken off the floor on a stretcher.

Following the Thunder's narrow 119-117 loss to Minnesota, head coach Billy Donovan told reporters that Noel was at OU Medical Center, but couldn't provide any other details on his condition at the time, according to ESPN's Royce Young. I think he fell wrong. Medical personnel worked to get Noel quickly to the hospital, and it was not clear if he remained there Wednesday morning.

A Minnesota turnover with 15.5 seconds left gave the Thunder one last chance, but two Russell Westbrook 3-point attempts missed the mark and Paul George's desperation putback went wide to give the Timberwolves their third consecutive win.

For starters, it's unlikely to see such a spirited response from one of the league's most quiet players, but Schroder had already gotten point guard Jeff Teague ejected and was now aiming for Wiggins, who was having a season-best night.

And Steven Adams was keen to point no blame towards Wiggins for the unfortunate incident.

"He was just gay", Wiggins said afterward.

Wiggins is clearly heard saying at the 35-second mark of this video: "I don't know what's wrong with him, he was just gay". Obviously, Wiggins didn't mean anything in that - that should be said. He's not someone I look at as a problem.

In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder somehow won a jump ball with Towns, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 111-110 lead.

Timberwolves: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

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