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Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says he’d ‘kill’ Clint Capela if he shoots from the elbow

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want starting center Clint Capela taking any shots that are not in the paint.

In fact, the two-time Coach of the Year jokingly said he’ll “kill” his talented big man if he ever shoots a jump shot, even if it’s from the elbow.

Clint Capela is having another stellar season for the Rockets. The 24-year-old is averaging 17.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 62.6 percent from the field and 62.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Entering Friday, Capela has taken a total of 479 shots on the season. Out of those attempts, 353 have come at the rim, 121 have come from three to nine feet, and five have come from 10 to 15 feet.

As you can see, Capela does all of his damage in the paint. Reigning MVP James Harden sets up Capela with great looks near the basket. All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who is still out with a hamstring injury, does the same when he’s playing.

The Rockets signed Capela to a five-year, $90 million deal in July. At the time, some around the league said it was too much money to give to a guy who can’t create his own shot and is reliant on Harden and Paul. The results have been pretty good so far this year, though, as Capela is scoring and rebounding the ball at the best rate of his career.