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Houston Rockets: James Harden, Clint Capela to rest against the Bulls

Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images
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Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets staff have elected to rest James Harden and Clint Capela against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday evening.

The Rockets have entered perhaps the easiest three-game home stretch of the season. After blowing out the Hawks, Houston will play Chicago tonight followed by Phoenix on Friday night.

Chris Paul would’ve played against Atlanta on Sunday, but the Rockets were smart to hold Paul out until his hamstring is back to 100 percent.

Tonight, the Rockets will take advantage of the ailing Bulls and rest James Harden and Clint Capela. Injuries can definitely derail a team’s championship aspirations. Golden State has been dealing with injuries to all four of their all-stars, with Stephen Curry‘s injury being the most serious.

There’s always those who argue that players shouldn’t rest. That they get paid a lot of money to play a game and that fans come to the games to see the star players and are disappointed when they don’t play.

As a fan, I remember going to a Heat game during the Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal era. Shaq didn’t play in that matchup and it was disappointing, so I understand that point of view.

But if you’re on the “they should play because they make a lot of money” side, you’re missing the point. Most players want to play in every game, but the coaching staff decides to hold them out because they are making so much money. Most coaches don’t want to risk losing their most valuable assets in a seemingly meaningless game and the end of the season, and it’s hard to blame them.

Injuries

As previously stated, Harden and Capela will sit out for rest. Chris Paul is probable to return after missing three games due to a sore hamstring. Luc Mbah a Moute is out with a sore knee.

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As for the Bulls, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Antonio Blakeney, and Paul Zipser are all out. Meanwhile, Lauri Markkanen (back) and Denzel Valentine (knee) are all out.

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