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OKC Thunder: Nerlens Noel participates in scrimmage

Thunder center Nerlens Noel said he "felt good" after a Tuesday morning scrimmage. Noel had been limited in recent practices due to a tweaked ankle. 

"I've been off to the side getting my work in," Noel said. "I've been getting one-on-one individual workouts, so that's been great for my conditioning as well." 

The Thunder practiced Tuesday for the 11th time in the last 12 days. 

"We had some guys do contact, we had some guys do non-contact," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after practice. "Nothing in terms of real injuries or anything like that as much as looking at guys' loads, where they're at and the health of each player and who needs what. We've gone a lot of days in a row trying to build up that stamina and that endurance." 

The team will likely have an off day either Wednesday or Thursday before its scrimmage Friday against the Celtics. 

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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 Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [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 Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [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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