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Rockets center Clint Capela out vs. Heat, Tyson Chandler to start

Tyson Chandler, Clint Capela, Rockets

The Houston Rockets will take the court Wednesday night versus the Miami Heat without the services of center Clint Capela, who is dealing with an illness and thus will be unable to suit up.

Without him in the mix, the Rockets have tabbed veteran Tyson Chandler to enter the starting five in his place.

For Chandler, it will mark his third start of the season, having played a limited role of the bench for the team. Chandler has appeared for just 9.2 minutes per game, which would set a new career low. Moreover, he has recorded just two points across 42 minutes as a starter in 2019-20.

The far likelier beneficiary of Capela’s absence will be second-year big man Isaiah Hartenstein, who has seen his minutes increased in the two games that Capela has missed this season. Irrespective of who is serving as the centerpiece of the Houston defense, they’ll have large shoes to fill on both ends of the court in addition to having to handle Heat center Bam Adebayo.

Without Capela, Houston may feel so inclined to get up more 3-point shots than usual. Already leading the league with 45.5 shots behind the arc on a nightly basis, the Rockets can roll out a five-man group that features P.J. Tucker as a smaller-sized big man that can also fire away from deep.

Houston has gone 2-0 this year without Capela on the floor. His next chance at returning comes Saturday when the Rockets take on the Atlanta Hawks.