Andrew Wiggins denies calling Thunder guard 'gay' after ugly game

Noel was contesting a dunk attempt from Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins when Wiggins inadvertently elbowed him in the face.

Continues Wiggins, "I look right through him".

The play was reviewed and no additional fouls were called.

"I really feel fortunate", said Donovan, who left Florida for OKC in 2015, "especially coming from (coaching) college, to have a veteran like that who's just a great person, really helpful to me, great in the locker room, great team guy". Schroder received a technical foul for an altercation with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague, who, himself received two technicals for the encounter. "So the more he's around I think the better it is for all of us, just because of what he represents and what he's about".

Thunder center Steven Adams said Wiggins didn't intentionally try to hurt Noel.

After video circulated of Wiggins' statement, the 23-year-old took to Twitter to apologize - and claimed he said "getting" instead of "gay". "I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger".

Wiggins, however, says he was misunderstood.

Noel had logged six minutes and scored six points before the third-quarter collision. He shouldn't be taking any blame for that whatsoever.

"It's just one of those insane plays that happens".

Adams added: "Fortunately, they responded quite quickly, the medical staff and whatnot".

Noel joined the National Basketball Association in 2013 as the sixth-overall pick of the draft, going to the New Orleans Pelicans before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He can not resume basketball activities until it is determined that he is symptom-free. There is no predetermined timetable to complete the protocol, as each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case, the Thunder noted.

The number six overall pick of the 2013 draft is averaging 5.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game this season.

Meanwhile, the Thunder slipped to 25-15 and have lost two games in a row.

Vanessa Coleman

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