Given how stop-and-start this pesky right heel injury was while Capela was with the Rockets, the Hawks won’t bring him back until he’s 100%.
“He felt he came back too soon, and re-injured it, now he’s being cautious,” Pierce said. “He thought it was a setback when he re-injured it as opposed to just coming back and taking his time and letting it completely heal.”
With Houston, Capela missed two games in late December, returned to the court and played four games, then missed another game in early January, coming back to play seven games in a row before sitting out again Jan. 27.
He came back briefly on Jan. 29, then missed three consecutive games before the Hawks acquired him in a trade-deadline deal.
No matter the level of anticipation, no matter how much the Hawks could use his size and skill as they try to finish the season strong, Capela getting back to full strength is the main focus.
“For us, it’s really about him being healthy, and not stealing games or stealing moments where you see him on the court,” Pierce said. “I would love to have him on the court, but I would like to have him healthy even more as we move forward.”