Rockets’ Clint Capela downplays banged knee vs. Pacers
The Houston Rockets have started their season in the worst way possible, considering how high the expectations were entering the 2018-19 campaign. To compound their woes, center Clint Capela banged his knees early in the game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday night.
Clint Capela was unable to return down the stretch after banging his knee early. D'Antoni said he hopes he will play in Denver.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 12, 2018
The Rockets play the Denver Nuggets Tuesday. It is possible he may not play then.
Clint Capela on his knee: “It’s just a bruise and nothing else. That’s good news.” He is “very sore” and not sure he’ll be able to play Tuesday in Denver.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 12, 2018
Clint Capela has been one of the few bright spots for the Rockets season. If he is out for an extended period of time, this would hurt their chances. Capela is the key for the Rockets in terms of defense and protecting the rim. He adds another dimension to the team when he is on the floor.
After 11 games, Capela is averaging 15.4 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game.
Thanks to Capela’s help, the Rockets rank seventh in the league in opponent’s points per game, giving up 107.7 points. Teams are only shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three.
With the Rockets’ at 5-7 and 12th in the Western Conference, they cannot afford to lose Clint Capela for an extended period of time. Every win matters, especially in the West.
Houston could be bracing themselves for huge news as the Carmelo Anthony saga continues to hound the team. Rumors have it that Anthony may have played his final game for the Rockets, but general manager Daryl Morey suggested otherwise.