April 24 update: Capela is officially available to play for the Hawks in Game 4 Sunday. It remains to be seen how much run he’ll get but this is a massive boost for Atlanta in the frontcourt.
April 23 update: Capela is officially questionable for Game 4 against the Heat, which is great news considering the team could use him to level the series. Capela was expected to miss about a week with his knee sprain, and that timeline lines up with this designation. He’ll likely be on a minutes limit if he returns, but this is a good development for Hawks.
April 16 update: Capela is expected to miss at least a week with a knee sprain, so he’s going to be out for at least a couple games in the Heat-Hawks series. That’s a big blow for Atlanta, who is also likely going to be without big man John Collins.
MRI on Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela's right knee revealed no structural damage and he's expected to be evaluated again in a week, sources tell ESPN. He will clearly miss significant time in this Hawks-Heat playoff series, if he's even able to return before it's over.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2022
Update: As expected, Capela will not return to Friday’s game against the Cavaliers. The Hawks are down 61-51 at halftime in this play-in game. The winner gets the No. 8 seed while the loser is eliminated.
The Atlanta Hawks watched Clint Capela go to the locker room Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a knee injury. Cavaliers big man Evan Mobley fell into Capela’s knee, and the Hawks center had to be helped off the court.
Clint Capela is being helped to the locker room. Evan Mobley fell into Capela’s knee while it was planted— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) April 16, 2022
The Hawks are down by double digits in this play-in game at halftime, and could have to make a big comeback without their top center. Since John Collins is also out, Capela’s injury leaves the Hawks thin in the frontcourt against one of the bigger teams in the league. Look for Atlanta to use Onyeka Okongwu and Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt if Capela cannot return.
Atlanta might also look to go small in this game given its heavy contingent of perimeter players. The Hawks haven’t shot well from deep in the first half but that might be the path to making a comeback without Capela in the rotation.