Basketball is a contact sport?

Thunder big man Nerlens Noel was stretchered off the floor during OKC's loss to the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.  He caught an unfortunate elbow from Andrew Wiggins as he went up to contest the Timberwolves star's dunk attempt.

The elbow caught Noel in the face and he appeared to have been knocked out in midair.  He then fell to the floor and his head took another shot as it bounced off of the floor.

On a positive note, Noel did keep Wiggins from posterizing him as the dunk attempt was unsuccessful.  Although the play will likely cost Noel several games as he recovers.

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