Rockets’ Clint Capela (virus) feeling ‘a lot better,’ has no minutes restriction in Game 5
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni says starting center Clint Capela is feeling a lot better than he was in Game 4 and won’t have any minutes restrictions in Game 5 at home.
Capela has been dealing with a virus.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says center Clint Capela feels “a lot better.” Does not have a minutes restriction.
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The Rockets are up 3-1 against the Utah Jazz. They can close out the series at home on Wednesday.
Capela hasn’t been himself this series. The virus has been limiting his ability on the court. The big man is putting up 9.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in the series while shooting 53.1 percent from the field.
In the Rockets’ Game 4 loss in Utah, Capela had just four points in 27 minutes. It’s clear the virus was at its worst in Game 4 because Capela looked like he had no energy all game.
All signs point toward the Rockets and Golden State Warriors meeting in the second round of the playoffs. Houston will need a healthy and engaged Capela to win that series.
During the regular season, Capela averaged 16.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He shot an efficient 64.8 percent overall, doing most of his damage on lob passes from star guards James Harden and Chris Paul.
The Rockets signed Clint Capela to a five-year, $90 million contract extension last summer.
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