Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni believes Clint Capela got too much backlash after ‘one bad series’ vs. Warriors
Capela averaged 8.8 points and 10.0 rebounds in the six-game series versus the Warriors. He shot 53.5 percent from the field, but had a negative plus/minus in four out of the six games. The Rockets lost the series despite Kevin Durant’s injury, and Capela was ripped by Houston fans and media.
D’Antoni says the criticism Capela received was way too much. Capela’s Range Rover was also vandalized after the Warriors series:
Mike D'Antoni on the backlash Clint Capela caught this summer: "I think people overreact. That's what I think… Clint was really good all year… He has one bad series and all of a sudden the guy can't play? I mean, come on. That's what drives me crazy."
— Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) July 19, 2019
During the 2018-19 regular season, Clint Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks while shooting 64.8 percent from the floor. The Rockets signed Capela to a lucrative $90 million deal last offseason, so Houston fans want more from him in the postseason.
Capela does all of his damage at the rim and is heavily dependent on MVP James Harden. Capela doesn’t have a polished post-up game at all and relies on lob passes from Harden. Rockets fans are hoping Capela has been working on his post moves this summer.
Houston is a title contender after acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s time for Capela to take the next step in his development on the offensive end of the floor.