The Atlanta Hawks are seeing some incredible numbers from Clint Capela this season. Last game he equaled the second-longest streak of consecutive double-digit rebound games with 10. Today he broke that and now has only the 19 of Dwight Howard ahead of Capela’s 11.
However, that is not the piece of history that is of most interest coming out of the Detroit Pistons. game. The Pistons were without Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter from the usual starting lineup. In their places were Kevin Huerter and Solomon Hill.
Fortunately, Capela was healthy and was a massive part of the reason the Hawks were able to get over the Pistons despite being so short-handed. He collected 27 points, 26 rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and a steal.
The Atlanta Hawks needed the historical performance of Clint Capela
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Capela is now only the ninth player in NBA history to collect 25 points, 25 rebounds, and five blocks in a single game. The last time someone accomplished this feat was Shaquille O’Neal back in March of 2004, almost 17 years ago.
Capela has been a beast on the boards for most of the season but against the Pistons he was almost super-human. He was his usual competitive self on the defensive glass, collecting 14 on that end alone.
It was on the offensive glass where Capela excelled in this contest. He collected 12 rebounds at the offensive end. The entire Pistons roster collected seven offensive rebounds on the night which just goes to show how incredible this feat was.
With the effort against the Pistons, Capela moved into first in offensive rebounds per game and second in total rebounds per game. He is doing some amazing work for the Hawks on the boards and is a massive reason they are still mid-pack rather than languishing at the bottom of the standings.
As the Pistons get their players back they will continue to move up the standings.