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Rockets center Clint Capela -- who has missed 15 games because of ligament damage in his right thumb -- practiced Tuesday, and he is expected to play Thursday against the Lakers.
The Houston Rockets are getting good news upon returning from the All-Star break. Starting center Clint Capela is back at practice and is expected to play Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers, barring a setback, according to multiple reports. Capela was diagnosed with ligament damage in his right thumb on Jan. 14 and hasn't played since.
Houston has just four games left before the All-Star break, a scheduled reprieve that should allow the injury-ravaged Rockets to rest, reclaim their health and ready themselves for a challenging stretch run in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. Two of those four opponents have winning records and are also in the thick of the postseason chase, with the Sacramento Kings on deck for Wednesday on the road at the Golden 1 Center. The Rockets won in Phoenix on Monday without center Clint Capela (right thumb) and guard Eric Gordon (right leg), utilizing their 16th different starting lineup in the process.
Given their performance the previous evening in Denver, there was little reason to anticipate such a resoundingly resilient effort from the Houston Rockets on Saturday in Salt Lake City but, for a team where inconsistency has become the norm, there was no cause for shock. The Rockets avenged perhaps their most embarrassing loss of the season by throttling the Utah Jazz 125-98 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, matching in margin the 27-point beating they absorbed there on Dec. 6. Houston won with ease without guard Chris Paul (rest) and center Clint Capela (right thumb) and did so on the second half of a tough back-to-back at altitude.