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Clint Capela doubtful to play Saturday vs. Nets

Rockets C unlikely to play in first game of back-to-back set this weekend.

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela passes the ball after recovering it against Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet during the first half at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets C Clint Capela is doubtful to play Saturday vs. the Brooklyn Nets.

Capela is dealing with that heel injury again, though this could just be additional rest with the back-to-back set coming up on Sunday. With Russell Westbrook expected to rest on Sunday, Houston may want to have Capela ready for when the Rockets face the New Orleans Pelicans. They’ll also get Eric Gordon back in the lineup Sunday vs. the Pels, which is a good sign.

If Capela is to sit Saturday, which appears likely, we can expect Danuel House Jr. and PJ Tucker to pick up the slack in the front court. We also should see the Rockets play more small ball in that case, which could impact how you approach the Nets bigs (Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordon).