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Kenneth Faried will be Rockets’ center until Clint Capela returns

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Until Clint Capela returns to the lineup, the Houston Rockets are going to start Kenneth Faried at the center position, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Capela underwent surgery on his right thumb and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Rockets signed Faried once the veteran big man was waived by the Brooklyn Nets.

Kenneth Faried has appeared in two games with Houston. He’s averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on shooting 55.6 percent from the field. Faried isn’t the stellar defender which Clint Capela is, but he’s a high-flyer who is a good rim-roller for reigning MVP James Harden.

The Rockets are 27-20 on the season, good for fifth place in the Western Conference standings. Capela was averaging a double-double before the thumb surgery. The 24-year-old was putting up 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while shooting 63.1 percent from the floor.

Kenneth Faried spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. His best season in the league was during the 2013 -14 campaign, when he averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds. The Nuggets traded Faried to the Nets last summer, but he didn’t see that many minutes with Brooklyn. He only played in 12 games with the Nets and played 9.8 minutes per game.