Thanks to the play of James Harden, who has a 30 level streak of 31 video games, the Houston Rockets have established themselves as a high workforce within the Western Conference at a document of 33-24. They're solely fifth within the Conference however contemplating Chris Paul was out for 18 video games and Clint Capela has been out since January 13th, it is smart that the Rockets have not gained as a lot as they'd in all probability wish to. Now although, Paul is formally again within the lineup and now Capela is predicted to be again as quickly as Thursday in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers, in keeping with ESPN.
Capela went down with a thumb damage in opposition to the Orlando Magic on January 13th and hasn't been again since. The participant is now working towards with the workforce and was seen doing drills throughout All-Star weekend to check out his thumb.
"It felt nice," Capela stated in keeping with ESPN. "I used to be actually glad about it, so now I am able to go."
Capela has been enjoying at a profession tempo this season, averaging 17.6 factors and 12.6 rebounds per sport. With Harden carrying the offensive load as of late, the addition of Capela to the lineup will most certainly enable Harden to take a way more relaxed strategy to the sport.
The Rockets are 15-Eight when Harden, Paul, and Capela are all lively.
Chris Paul Will "Almost 100%" Return This Sunday Vs. Magic
James Harden is stoked to have Chris Paul again within the Rockets' lineup.
James Harden could not be happier on the considered Chris Paul re-entering the image throughout his historic scoring-spree. "I am simply blissful to see him again on the courtroom. He spent so lengthy figuring out and making an attempt to get his physique wholesome and proper as nicely," Harden told the media after securing the W in opposition to the Raptors final evening. And he is completely proper, Chris Paul will undoubtedly assist him shoulder the load, even at the price of his numbers falling again to Earth.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN is reporting that Chris Paul is all however sure of returning to the Rockets' lineup on Sunday versus the Orlando Magic. A supply intently related to Rockets' administration mentioned that Paul is at "virtually 100" in his conditioning, not 98 or 99.. Paul's left hamstring harm was a pressure on the Rockets' waning playoff prospects till teammate James Harden kicked it into excessive gear.
With Paul out of the lineup the Rockets, led by "The Beard," have gone a decent 12-5, bringing their report to 28-20 within the course of, after sitting within the NBA cellar for the primary couple months of the season. Unfortunately, the Rockets will nonetheless need to make do with out heart Clint Capela, who's out for an additional month with a torn proper thumb ligament.
Kevin Durant Responds After Capela Says Rockets Better Than Warriors
Following the Houston Rockets' victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, Houston center Clint Capela declared his team better than the defending champions.
Specifically, Capela said (H/T Yahoo Sports), "We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them ... we are better than them."
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Kevin Durant was asked about Capela's comments after today's shootaround, and he downplayed the big man's role in the Rockets' success.
"It's all a part the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident. Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play."
"You hear that from guys like Capela -- who's usually catching the ball and laying it up from CP (Chris Paul) or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say shit like that."
"I don't expect that from CP and James and Ariza and the rest the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela -- catch and dunk every night so it's pretty easy for him."
As KD noted during today's media session, the Rockets have already beaten the Warriors twice this season. That said, Golden State still has a 3.5 game lead over Houston for the top spot in the Western Conference.
The two teams won't see each other again this season, unless they see each other in the playfs.
Clint Capela Says Rockets Are Better Than Warriors Following Big Victory
Despite being at the center a controversy this past week, where Houston Rockets players were accused attempting to infiltrate the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room at Staples Center, Texas' NBA powerhouse made a big statement to the league on Saturday night, after they dismantled the Golden State Warriors in a big, confidence-boosting win for the team.
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James Harden was the difference maker down the stretch, hitting the three-pointer that proved to be the dagger in Houston's 116-108 win over Golden State. After the game, Rockets center Clint Capela was brimming with confidence and proceeded to give the Warriors some bulletin board material in the form media quotes. Here's what he had to say, as per Tim MacMahon ESPN.com:
"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them. We've got to keep playing. We know that they're going to come back if we have the lead, and we've just got to keep that mindset. Sometimes I feel like, in the past, we were all dragging down after mistakes. But today, we were ready.
"I think that if we're doing what we're supposed to do on defense—all the switches, the weak side—and keep playing our fense by keeping that mentality all game long, we have the weapons to beat them. We are better than them."
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This win against Golden State puts the Rockets just 3.5 games back the Dubs for first place in the Western Conference as the NBA regular season inches towards the trade deadline.