Rockets center Clint Capela could not capitalize on DeMarcus Cousins injury, limited Andrew Bogut minutes
In Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets center Clint Capela failed to capitalize on DeMarcus Cousins’ absence and Andrew Bogut’s limited game time.
In Houston’s 104-100 loss on Sunday, Capela scored just four points (1-of-2 from the field, 2-of-2 from the free throw line) and grabbed six rebounds across 27 minutes. All in all, he had a team-worst plus-minus of -17.
This is way below his average of 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in the regular season. In the playoffs so far, he’s averaging 10.8 points and 10.6 boards per contest.
He usually gets his points via offensive rebounds or via lobs from James Harden. But in Game 1, the Warriors neutralized Capela and the statistics show that they succeeded.
After the game, Capela shared his thoughts on the Warriors’ defense on him. According to the 24-year-old Swiss, the defensive movements were different and they were extra-physical on him:
“I would say the movement was kind of different,” Clint Capela said, per Jonathan Faigen of the Houston Chronicle. “I will have to kind of look at it. I know for sure it’s going to be a different game. The first game is always trying to figure out how they look at our plays, how they react to it. They were a lot on my body. They were looking at me a lot whenever the bigs helped out, the other guy was always on me. They were there. But I’m going to look at film and look at what I can do better.”
If we are to trust Capela’s vow, we may see a different version of him in Game 2 which could possibly lead to a Rockets win.