Report: Clint Capela Out Six Weeks With Broken Fibula

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Mark Berman has reported that Rockets center Clint Capela will be sidelined for the next six weeks with a broken Fibula. The injury occurred during the Rockets comeback win over the Timberwolves on Saturday. At first, it was originally thought to just be a bruised knee. Unfortunately, it is much worse than that.

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For the Rockets, this injury is coming at a pretty bad time. They are currently on a 10-game winning streak and Capela has had a big role in the success of the team. Him and James Harden have developed a deadly connection on the pick and roll, and that is where Capela will be missed most. He is currently averaging 11.8 PPG and 8.0 RPG on the season.

It will be interesting to see what the Rockets ultimately decide to do with the rotation going forward. For now, expect to see Nene take over the starting role during Capela’s absence. While he is older and not as athletic, he has experience as a starter and can spread the floor more than Capela. Also, expect to see a boost in minutes for both Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker. Both are very young, but have been seeing consistent playing time and contributing. Harrell has already been playing center this season, so the minutes boost will be more of a factor for him than Dekker. He is athletic and is a great rim-runner, which really helps the team in transition.

While it is unfortunate for this injury to happen to Capela, the other big men in the Rockets rotation have been playing well this season. Hopefully, they can continue that success and be able to fill the gap during Capela’s absence.

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