Clint Capela, P.J. Tucker expected to return to lineup Sunday
The Houston Rockets are set to have a full-strength squad this Sunday, with Clint Capela and P.J. Tucker expected to be back in the starting lineup in their preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Capela is dealing with a sore right foot, but he expects to play Sunday against the Spurs. Capela told reporters Friday he was initially worried about his foot injury due to the new nature of it, but after checking with trainers, feels good to go.
Clint Capela says he was initially worried at his foot injury due to the new nature of it, but he’s been back in practice and should be ready tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/jxpKhyRlmd
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) October 5, 2018
In 74 regular-season games last season with the Rockets, Capela averaged 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting an efficient 65.2 percent from the field. Most of his baskets were delivered by reigning MVP James Harden and All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
Capela, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract extension with the Rockets after a lengthy negotiation this offseason.
Tucker is also expected to play Sunday, which likely means Carmelo Anthony will come off the bench. Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni has previously said Anthony and Tucker won’t share the floor much this season since they play the same position.
Tucker, one of the best defenders in the game, averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. He shot 39.0 percent from the floor, 37.1 percent from the 3-point line, and 71.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Rockets will most likely start Paul, Harden, Tucker, Marquese Chriss, and Capela.