Rockets Center Clint Capela has been ruled out of action for the next 4 weeks minimum, per multiple reports. Capela suffered ligament damage to his thumb in a defeat against the Magic. Capela joins Chris Paul and Eric Gordon on the growing list of high quality talent that is injured in Houston.
The Houston Rockets have been one of the hotter teams in the NBA over the last month, losing just 4 games in the last 30 days. James Harden is usually the player who everyone thinks of when they see the Rockets succeeding, and rightly so. The reigning MVP is having another monster season but it has been Houston Center Clint Capela who has been the glue of this team. Capela was putting together a solid year, averaging 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. Capela has thrived on the pick and roll, and is a perfect rebounding center to balance out the high volume of shots that Houston shoots every game. This will be a dynamic that will be missed by Houston in the absence of Capela.
Nene is the backup of Clint Capela, and will be picking up the starting role, along with extra minutes. Nene is much more physical than Capela, and does most of his work on the glass. He will produce fair less on the offensive side of the ball, and has only averaged 11.5 points for his career, and just 4.0 so far this season.
The Rockets must maintain course without Clint Capela, and will likely lean on James Harden even more than before Capela was injured. In Houston’s first game without Capela, Harden went for 57 points in a 112-94 win over the Grizzlies. Harden is averaging an astonishing 34.5 points a game so far this season, and will need to sustain this form in the stretch without Capela.
Capela is set to miss every game until the All-Star break, which includes games against the Raptors, Nuggets, Thunder, and more. It will be interesting to see where Harden can take this team until All-Star weekend.