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Hawks center Clint Capela to miss at least 1 week with hyperextended right knee

The Hawks' starting center will be reevaluated in 1 week after hyperextending his right knee in Atlanta's Play-In matchup against the Cavs.

Clint Capela hyperextends his right knee and does not return.

Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela is out for Game 1 against the Miami Heat, the team announced today. Capela reportedly will miss at least a week with a hyperextended right knee, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Capela exited Friday’s Play-In game between the Hawks and Cavaliers and did not return after hyperextending the knee late in the second half. An MRI taken in Miami showed no structural damage, but Capela is still expected to miss significant time, Wojnarowski reports.

The injury occurred when he fouled Cleveland rookie Evan Mobley from behind, pulling him backwards into Capela’s knee. The Hawks big man immediately fell to the ground yelling in pain and had to be helped off the floor. He exited with seven points and eight rebounds in 13 minutes and 29 seconds of action.

The Hawks later announced Capela would undergo an MRI in Miami, where Atlanta will begin its first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Heat.

Atlanta and Cleveland were playing for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with the winner drawing Miami in the first round. The Hawks claimed that honor one season after making a surprising run to the Eastern Conference finals.