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Report: Hawks’ Clint Capela out at least a week following knee injury

Apr 15, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) is helped off the court in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela, who suffered a right knee injury during the Hawks’ 107-101 Friday night play-in game win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, is out at least a week per a report from ESPN.

The veteran played just 13 minutes against the Cavs before getting hurt with 30.7 seconds left in the second quarter. Cleveland’s Evan Mobley, fouled from behind by Capela, tumbled into Capela’s leg, causing Capela to leave the game.

He scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting and notched eight rebounds before exiting.

On Saturday, Capela underwent an MRI examination that revealed no structural damage. The exam took place in Miami, where his team has traveled to take on the top-seeded Miami Heat as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

He is expected to be reevaluated in a week, which will cause him to miss a significant portion of the first-round playoff series, at minimum.

Capela, 27, is in his eighth NBA season. He appeared in 74 games with 73 starts for the Hawks in 2021-22, averaging 11.1 points per game and team-bests in rebounds (11.9) and blocks (1.3).

–Field Level Media