Rockets’ Clint Capela returns to practice, expected to play vs. Lakers on Thursday
Capela underwent surgery on his right thumb after suffering torn ligaments. He has been out since Jan. 14.
Rockets center Clint Capela is returning to practice today after missing 15 games due to ligament damage in his right thumb. Barring a setback, he's expected to play Thursday against the Lakers.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 20, 2019
In 42 games this season for the Rockets, Clint Capela is averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 blocks per contest. The 24-year-old is shooting 63.1 percent from the field and 62.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Houston signed Kenneth Faried while Capela was injured. If Clint does return to action on Thursday against the Lakers, Faried will come off the bench and be the backup center.
Faried has been a great addition for the Rockets. He’s putting up 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games with Houston.
With Chris Paul and Clint Capela back joining James Harden, the Rockets have their Big Three back for the stretch run of the season. Houston is 33-24 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. Capela gets all of his baskets from Harden and Paul, who collapse the paint on their drives to the basket, freeing Capela for alley-oops.
Harden said at the All-Star game he’s excited for the second half of the season because the team is getting healthier. Capela is a big piece to the puzzle for Houston.