The Rockets will be at full strength soon.
Thanks to the play of James Harden, who has a 30 point streak of 31 games, the Houston Rockets have established themselves as a top team in the Western Conference at a record of 33-24. They're only fifth in the Conference but considering Chris Paul was out for 18 games and Clint Capela has been out since January 13th, it makes sense that the Rockets haven't won as much as they'd probably like to. Now though, Paul is officially back in the lineup and now Capela is expected to be back as soon as Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN.
Capela went down with a thumb injury against the Orlando Magic on January 13th and hasn't been back since. The player is now practicing with the team and was seen doing drills during All-Star weekend to test out his thumb.
"It felt great," Capela said according to ESPN. "I was really happy about it, so now I'm ready to go."
Capela has been playing at a career pace this season, averaging 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. With Harden carrying the offensive load as of late, the addition of Capela to the lineup will most likely allow Harden to take a much more relaxed approach to the game.
The Rockets are 15-8 when Harden, Paul, and Capela are all active.