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Houston Rockets: Clint Capela is out for the road trip

By Michael Knight
Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Layne Murdoch Sr./NBAE via Getty Images /

The Rockets will be without their young center on the two-game trip to Boston and Washington.

Clint Capela has been playing at an All-Star level this season for the Houston Rockets. His growth on both ends of the court has been exactly what the team could have hoped for in his fourth NBA season.

On the year, Clint is averaging 14.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game with nearly 2 blocks as well. He has turned into a monster on offense and defense. In fact, he is currently second in the league in both offensive rating (129.7) and defensive rating (100.3). Only Chris Paul has a higher offensive rating and only Andre Drummond has a higher defensive rating.

Unfortunately, he has been dealing with some injuries recently. He has missed a few games with a calf contusion, including two of the three losses in a row.

Now, he has a new injury: a right orbital fracture.

Rockets center Clint Capela out with a right orbital fracture. He will not be on the trip to Boston and Washington.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 27, 2017

He will be missed

Capela’s defensive versatility will be especially missed when the Rockets go against centers Al Horford and Marcin Gortat. Hopefully, Nene and Tarik Black can hold it down while he is out. His pick and roll ability will also be missed. It was run much better with him back for the last game against the Thunder.

There is one somewhat positive to come out of this news: we may see Clint with a facemask.

Capela's adrenaline was so high during the game, he did not cite any pain until after the game. When he returns would depend on when swelling goes down enough to wear a mask.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 27, 2017

All in all, hopefully, Capela has a full recovery and can continue playing at such a high level for the Rockets. He is in the thick of a race for an All-Star spot and it would be great if he would continue to prove his worth.

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