Capela injured his thumb Sunday in the midst of recording his 29th double-double in 42 games.
James Harden will have to carry an even heavier load for the Rockets for a while.
Clint Capela will miss four to six weeks with a right thumb injury, ESPN reported Monday, leaving Houston without its top presence in the post as it fights to maintain playoff position.
Capela was injured on an alley-oop during the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Magic, but there were no immediate indications the issue would be this serious.
“As I was going up for the lob, I got hit in the hand,” Capela said Sunday, via the Houston Chronicle. “We’re going to see what is it when we go back home. It’s just sore right now. We can’t really see anything (on the X-ray) yet. We’ll see what happens.”
An MRI exam showed ligament damage in the thumb.
The Rockets enter Monday’s game against the Grizzlies sitting sixth in the Western Conference. With the trade deadline looming Feb. 7, general manager Daryl Morey will have some decisions to make. Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) have been sidelined since late December, though the team hopes to get both of them back soon.
But their return won’t help in the post, where Capela has been a force all season. Despite the injury Sunday, he recorded his 29th double-double in 42 games this season, and his 12.6 rebounds per game are tied for fifth-best in the league.