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Capela Returns To Practice, Expects To Play Thursday

Rockets center has missed 15 games after undergoing thumb surgery

February 19, 2019 - 8:36 pm

After missing the last 15 games following thumb surgery, Rockets center Clint Capela returned to practice Tuesday and expects to play when the Rockets return from the All Star Break Thursday night at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Capela tore ligaments in his right thumb in the Rockets January 13 loss in Orlando and underwent surgery January 18. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Thursday is the five-week mark of his operation.

ESPN reports Capela spent the All Star Break in Houston playing 1-on-1 with Rockets center Isaiah Hartenstein and the Houston Chronicle reports he was wearing a wrap on his thumb at practice Tuesday.

"I feel ready to be back with the team," Capela said according to the Chronicle. "Going to have two practices. I should be ready to go. I feel ready to go. I played a couple times. It felt great. I'm ready."

Capela is averaging career-highs in points (17.6), rebounds (12.6), and minutes (34.2) this season. The Rockets are 9-6 with their center out of the lineup.

Following Thursday game in Los Angeles, the Rockets will travel to Golden State Saturday before returning home to host the Atlanta Hawks Monday night at Toyota Center.