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Thunder center Nerlens Noel late scratch against Lakers

Nerlens Noel was a late scratch for the Thunder before its 7 p.m. Friday game against the Lakers, a team spokesman said. The backup center is dealing with an illness.

Noel is averaging 7.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. 

Mike Muscala will serve as OKC's backup center to Steven Adams. 

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Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) dunks the ball during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Oklahoma City won 115-104. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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