Houston Rockets: Clint Capela scratched from lineup against Nets

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela has been scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Nets because of an ongoing injury. What’s the latest with him?

The Houston Rockets news keeps flowing in as it’s well understood that the team is now about a third through the season as it stands.  The team has somehow immersed itself indirectly in trade rumors — or just a bad hot take — for Russell Westbrook but has made some positive moves for the future as well.

Yesterday, the Houston Rockets signed Chris Clemons to a three-year deal as his time in the NBA had expired.  He had to get this deal done or he would’ve been sent down to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for the rest of the season.

Unlike how the Danuel House saga unfolded last season, the Houston Rockets were able to quickly come to terms with Clemons, ensuring that the team has faith in his development and that he’d be able to contribute in some way, however little or much that may be.

They also signed French forward William Howard to a two-way contract, replacing Clemons’ spot vacated by his new contract.  There’s a ton of upside with Howard and it was great being able to research his strongest assets.  I think if he plays his cards right, he could be a solid contributor to this team but we’ll have to see about that.

But I tell you what, this piece I’m writing right now is more of a good news/bad news type.  The good news is what I just wrote above but the bad news is that the Houston Rockets will be without their star center for tonight’s tilt against the Brooklyn Nets.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon is reporting that Clint Capela has been ruled out amid his struggle to overcome the pain of a heel contusion that he has been suffering from for a spell.

I would imagine that this means that Tyson Chandler will get the start and the team will rotate bodies from there.  There may be some smaller lineups in-store, depending on how Kenny Atkinson, who’s in his third campaign as the Nets’ head coach, adjust his.

Let’s hope Mike D’Antoni makes adjustments because Lord knows he should have against the

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Golden State Warriors.  It was cringing to watch relatively unknown players outside of Draymond Green tear the Houston Rockets apart from behind-the-arc in that final quarter of the game.

Capela does shoulder some the blame for that but because of this heel contusion, it’s understandable that his lateral movements to defend are restricted because of the amount of pain that he’s in.

It’s tough to tell how many games he will miss but I imagine we will see him tomorrow as I’m sure Keith Jones is managing his workload, especially on back-to-backs like the team is undertaking this weekend with them taking on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road tomorrow night.

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I’m certainly hoping for the best…

Capela is averaging 13.9 points,14.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from the charity stripe through 27 starts this season.