The two sides have been in a bit of a standoff since free agency began on July 1, but after nearly a month of negotiations, the Rockets have locked up the 24-year-old big man for the next five seasons. Capela is coming off of the best year of his NBA career, as he appeared in 74 games and posted averages of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game. Capela led the NBA in field goal percentage (65.2%), though he remains somewhat of a liability at the free throw line (56.0%). With Capela officially back in the mix, the Rockets will run it back with their Big Three after falling a game short of making the Finals in 2017-18.
Capela had 20 points (9-10 FG, 2-6 FT), nine rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes during Monday's 101-92 loss to the Warriors.
Capela was far more involved Monday, having arguably his best game of the series. Unfortunately for the Rockets, it was to no avail as their second-half shooting woes continued in what was clearly the biggest game of their season. The Warriors even applied the hack-a-Capela at stages throughout the game, a clear indication that he was impacting the game. Despite the loss the Rockets have to be proud of what they have achieved and Capela himself puts a bow on what has been a breakout season.
Capela had just two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes during Saturday's 115-86 loss to Golden State.
Capela was rendered obsolete by the Warriors' defense, in particular, Draymond Green. After two excellent playoff series against the Timberwolves and Jazz, Capela has been far less impactful against the small-ball lineups of the Warriors. The series now heads back to Houston for Game 7 and Capela is going to have to find a way to get more involved, especially on the offensive end, if the Rockets are to go any further this season.
Capela generated 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-5 FT), 14 rebounds and two blocks across 27 minutes during Houston's 98-94 win over the Warriors in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series.
It was Capela's seventh double-double of the postseason overall, and his third game of the series with double-digit rebounds. The fourth-year big man could see a significant bump in usage in Saturday's Game 6 if Chris Paul (hamstring) remains sidelined, an increased level of responsibility he's demonstrated aptly capable of handling on countless occasions this season. Factoring in Thursday's production, Capela sports solid averages of 10.0 points (on 70.0 percent shooting), 10.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.0 assists across 26.8 minutes over five games against Golden State.
Capela totaled eight points (2-5 FG, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series.
Capela's scoring contributions continue to fluctuate, but he's provided double-digit rebounds in the two games thus far in the series during which he's failed to accomplish the feat in the scoring column. The inverse has been true in the other two contests, keeping Capela's contributions steady and well-rounded overall. The 24-year-old projects to continue producing in similar fashion as a complement to the efforts of Chris Paul and James Harden, who both are even more involved offensively than during the regular season. Capela will look to keep his solid series going with another strong effort in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.
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