Clint Capela exited the Atlanta Hawks’ 107-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday shortly before halftime, when he experienced what the team is calling a “right knee hyperextension” on this play. Evan Mobley fell into his knees as Capela pulled him backwards trying to prevent the easy layup.
Clint Capela went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury after this foul on Evan Mobley. pic.twitter.com/hGv3O9KvSd— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 16, 2022
The Hawks announced during halftime that Capela would not be able to return to the game due the hyperextension. Capela had seven points and eight rebounds in the first half before the injury.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski suggests there is optimism that Capela avoided a major injury, but an MRI on Saturday did reveal further details.
There’s initial optimism that Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela hasn’t suffered significant right knee damage, but an MRI on Saturday will determine extent of possible injury, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2022
The Hawks have essentially ruled Capela out for the first few games of the series vs. Miami with this report from ESPN’s Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski reports that Capela has avoided structural damage and will be reevaluated in one week.
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
This obviously rules out Capela for probably at least 3 maybe 4 games, while the report also states it’s possible he doesn’t return this season at all. This is a massive blow, but not the worst news Atlanta could have received on Capela. Okongwu, John Collins and Gorgui Dieng are likely set to man the centers minutes vs. the Heat in the mean time.