The Oklahoma City Thunder will be without center Nerlens Noel at least one week after he underwent surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his left cheek.
Mark J. Spears of ESPN shared this update on Noel’s injury:
The Thunder say center Nerlens Noel had surgery to repair a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his left cheek. He will miss tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves and his status will be updated next week.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 25, 2020
Noel, a 25-year-old former No. 6 overall pick in 2013, has been a solid bench player for the Thunder this season.
Playing roughly 19 minutes a night, he’s averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.