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Clint Capela
Clint Capela
Position: F
Born: 05/18/94
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:218 lbs. / 98.9 kg.
Salary: $1,242,720
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets summer team: Will Cummings (Temple), Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word), Glen Rice Jr. and Jaron Johnson (RGV), Christian Wood (UNLV), Clint Capela, Nick Johnson, Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker. Rockets “still working through some details” with D’Angelo Harrison, source said. Likely can add him to list soon.
Howard says if the rookie has take on the burden of his minutes, there’s only way for the Rockets to approach it. “Just gotta let him play,” Howard said. “Only advice I can say is he’s just gotta go out there and play as hard as he can. For his first playoff run, he’s done an excellent job of giving it everything he’s got. “He’s been in the D-League for most of the year. Then to come out here and play with us, getting the minutes that he’s getting, he’s done an excellent job of playing defense and getting up on those guards…I think he’s playing great. I’m really proud and happy for his growth as a player.”
Now, if a sprained left knee keeps Dwight Howard out of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Capela might find himself in the starting lineup against the Warriors. Or at the very least, getting significant playing time. “When I was in the D-League, no, I would not think this was possible,” said the precocious 21-year-old native of Geneva, Switzerland. “I thought I’m not going to play this year, maybe next year. I was just trying to keep working hard and be ready when they would call me up.”
The Rockets have four players – Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Clint Capela and Joey Dorsey – who shoot below 60 percent from the free-throw line. As the Rockets prepare to play the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs Saturday night, they know the hacking strategy might be in play. “We definitely understand and know they are going to throw every curveball possible that they have at us to throw us off our game plan, but we are mentally strong and mentally prepared,” Smith said. “Guys have been coming in, getting extra shots in, extra free throws to be focused for those moments. Hopefully if it comes, we can make them pay and knock them down.”
The Houston Rockets assigned Clint Capela, their 25th pick in the 2014 draft, to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday. The assignment is primarily for rehabilitation reasons, as Capela is currently nursing a groin injury that he suffered in preseason with the Rockets. He was forced to sit out the Vipers’ season opener on Friday because of the injury, but made his debut on Saturday night against the Austin Spurs. In 12 minutes, Capela scored 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and blocked four shots. According to The Monitor’s Dennis Silva, Capela will continue to be on a 15-minute restriction as he recovers from his injury.
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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team assigned center Clint Capela to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Capela (6-10, 245, France), appeared in one game with the Rockets so far this season on November 6th versus San Antonio, recording three rebounds and one assist. The former Elan Chalon player out of France was selected by the Rockets 25th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. This will be Capela’s first appearance in the NBA D-League.
Rookie Clint Capela not only is the one Rockets player with no NBA experience, even in Summer League, he also has missed the week with a groin injury. The Rockets have not given a timetable for when he could begin workouts. “He’s got a groin pull and I’ve seen him work on that foam roller on his back,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “Every once in a while he moves over and does the thigh foam roller, so he’s kind of doing the Jane Fonda workout. I haven’t seen him on the floor yet. But I’m sure it’s been strenuous.”