If the COVID-19 pandemic had not occurred, NBA playoff basketball would be upon us, effectively ending the Hawks’ 2019-20 campaign. When Travis Schlenk acquired Clint Capela at the trade deadline, many questioned when he would be able to return. It seems as if that would not have happened based on his comments in a recent article from The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner.
Capela says he is feeling better, but he is still not 100%. He irritated the injury when he was still with the Rockets, which at that point was deemed a right heel contusion. Capela sat out a couple of games for Houston in late December and then was in and out of the lineup throughout January dealing with the issue. He has struggled with plantar fasciitis as well, an ailment that can only be healed with rest and time.
Coach Lloyd Pierce mentioned that a minutes restriction could have been a possibility down the stretch, but the team would not have even risked re-injury if he was not 100%. It is likely for the best that Atlanta played things safe so he will be 100% next season as they look to make a push. For now, let’s hope the pain continues to reduce, and he can return to form later this year.
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