Houston Rockets: Clint Capela and Luc Mbah a Moute in the NBA Africa Game
By Michael Knight
Two players for the Rockets participated in the NBA Africa Game this morning.
It is the time of the offseason where it just drags on and on until training camp. Any basketball that NBA fans can watch is good basketball at this point. Thankfully for fans, the NBA Africa Game was not only just happening, but it was extremely entertaining.
The Rockets had 2 members of their team represent for Team Africa in this game. Clint Capela and the newly acquired Luc Mbah a Moute duked it out with their team but eventually fell to Team World, 108-97.
Let’s take a look at the performance from the 2 players:
Clint Capela showed some serious promise in this game. First, here is a picture from their practice yesterday:
Team Africa Practice #NBAAfricaGame pic.twitter.com/5j96ReoN8o
— Clint Capela (@CapelaClint) August 4, 2017
Capela is looking a lot stronger this summer than he has in the past. He has been hitting the gym all offseason and it showed during the game. The Swiss big man was able to finish the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. While those stats normally would sound good, take this into account: he only played 17 minutes. 17 minutes! He finished with a +14 plus/minus, too.
.@CapelaClint rises for the jam on ESPN2!#NBAAfricaGame pic.twitter.com/ZJHVHVOnJu
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) August 5, 2017
Even though the players were not giving 100% on every play, Clint’s performance was still very impressive and bodes well for the upcoming season. With playmakers like Chris Paul and James Harden on the court with him, will Capela become an absolute monster?
Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc had an interesting game for Team Africa. He just…was not very good. However, he certainly did not seem to be putting out his best effort.
He still had some good plays, including some drives to the basket that resulted in fouls and he had a nice finish on one of them. He finished with 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal in only 13 and a half minutes.
Luc did, however, hit a halfcourt shot for $60,000 toward charity. He should be fine come the regular season.
Athletic trainer for the Rockets Keith Jones also participated in the event on the side of Team World.
Overall, it was an exciting game to watch and Clint Capela performed well. Mbah a Moute still has some things to work out on the court but should be ready and good for the Rockets this year.
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