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Thunder injury update: Nerlens Noel out at Houston

Thunder center Nerlens Noel is dealing with an ankle injury again.

Noel (left ankle soreness) will miss the Thunder's game at Houston Monday, the Thunder announced before tip-off. 

Noel missed six games, from Jan. 6 to Jan. 15 with a left ankle sprain. He has played two games since, scoring 10 and 15 points against Miami and Portland, respectively.

The Thunder was also without Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) and Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) Monday. Rookie Luguentz Dort made his first NBA start, in place of Ferguson.

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Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9)  makes a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Oklahoma State lost 76-64. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Nerlens Noel (9) makes a 3-pointer during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Oklahoma State lost 76-64. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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