Capela will come off the bench and be on a minutes restrictions in Wednesday's game against the Bucks, Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports.
Capela started in Tuesday night's game against the Heat, but he ended up playing just nine minutes. It looks like the big man will have a similar dose Wednesday, as Montrezl Harrell will start once again at center and likely see a heavy dose of minutes in the frontcourt.
Capela (leg) failed to score a point Tuesday in his return to the lineup, missing all three of his field goal attempts while adding five rebounds, an assist and a block in nine minutes during a 109-103 loss to the Heat.
After missing 15 games with a leg injury, Capela understandably wasn't ready to assume a full workload. The Rockets are right back at it Wednesday, hosting the Bucks, and while the 22-year-old center should see more court time if his leg checks out OK after Tuesday's game, it could be a while yet before he's topping 20 minutes again.
Capela (leg) will start at center for Tuesday's game against the Heat.
Montrezl Harrell was expected to remain the starter at center in Capela's first game back, but coach Mike D'Antoni made the call to go with Capela instead. However, despite working with the top unit, Capela very well could have his minutes limited after an extended absence, which could mean Harrell still sees a good chunk of playing time off the bench. Coach D'Antoni also recently reported that the
Capela (leg) will be available Tuesday against the Heat, but it's uncertain whether he'll start or come off the bench, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Capela has been sidelined for the
Capela (leg) is expected to return to practice on Monday, with the hope of being cleared for either Tuesday's game against the Heat or Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Capela has been sidelined since mid-December with a fractured left fibula and is fully expected to miss a 15th straight game on Sunday versus the Nets. However, he's now on the brink of a return and has been cleared to practice, so look for him to take the court for Monday's session. Depending on how his injury responds to the increase in activity, Capela is expected to be available for either Tuesday or Wednesday's game during the Rockets' upcoming back-to-back set, although we should hear another update on his status after Monday's practice. Once cleared, Capela's presence should mean a significant decrease in value for both Montrezl Harrell and Nene Hilario.
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