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Clint Capela, Danuel House Jr. listed as doubtful to play vs. Hawks

Rockets, Danuel House Jr., Clint Capela, Hawks

The Houston Rockets are currently 12-6 in the Western Conference behind the scoring exploits of James Harden and the pace-pushing point guard play of Russell Westbrook. However, the team will likely be without two of their key contributors in their Saturday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Both starting center Clint Capela and starting small forward Danuel House are listed as doubtful in the game due to undisclosed illnesses, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

After playing on a Two-Way contract for much of the 2018-19 season, House has broken out in his 4th season in the league at age 26. Though he was seemingly played off the court by Golden State in the playoffs last season, those issues rarely arise in the regular season, and House has been feasting in his 29.7 minutes per game.

House is putting up various career-highs in volume-related statistics such as field goal attempts per game (8.3) and three-pointers attempted per game (5.8) yet his efficiency has not dipped at all. In fact, it’s improving: House is producing career-highs in effective field goal percentage (62.9%), true shooting percentage (66.1%) and he’s shooting a lofty 44.4 percent from downtown, which is top 20 in the NBA.

Capela, on the other hand, is seemingly having a somewhat down year statistically, though his defensive numbers are the best of his career. Currently, the 25-year-old big man is averaging 0.9 steals and 2.0 blocks per game – both of which are career-highs.

Though the Rockets will be shorthanded without these players versus Atlanta, the Hawks currently sit at 4-15, so it might not be the toughest test – despite Trae Young’s continued scoring explosions.