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Clint Capela to be reevaluated in one week after MRI reveals no structural damage to right knee

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Stay tuned.