Rockets’ Clint Capela admits sore right shoulder has been bothering him
Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela has provided a bit of enlightenment on his rather lackluster start to the new season. According to the 6-foot-10 big man, he has been feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder, which has prevented him from being his usually dominant self for the Rockets:
A sore right shoulder has been a factor in Clint Capela's slow start. He hurt it playing for Swiss national team and has been working to strengthen it. "Getting there slowly," he said, adding that it's really bothered him trying to dunk with one hand and reaching for rebounds.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 7, 2019
Capela had his best game of the young season on Wednesday, as he accounted for 19 points (on 9-of-14 shooting), a season-high 16 rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a career-high six blocks against a shorthanded Golden State Warriors side. The 25-year-old helped his club to a 129-112 win over the Dubs, and Capela has now logged back-to-back double-doubles for the first time this season.
Much is expected from Capela for a new-look Rockets team this season, and this shoulder injury should explain why he struggled in his squad’s first few games of the new campaign. Hopefully, though, his explosion against the Warriors will jumpstart what should be a big year ahead for Houston’s prized big man.
The good news for Capela is that he will be operating on a very long leash this season. Veterans Tyson Chandler and Nene are the two main guys who are expected to back Capela up this season, so it’s not as if he has to worry about either guy threatening his minutes moving forward.
Clint Capela and company are back in action on Saturday against the Chicago Bulls, and hopefully for him, the Swiss national is able to build on what has been an impressive past couple of games.