With two starters already out with accidents, Houston Rockets middle Clint Capela is predicted to miss 4 to six weeks with ligament injury to his proper thumb, league sources advised ESPN.
Capela underwent an MRI in Houston on Monday and will get a second opinion with a hand specialist within the close to future, league sources mentioned.
The Rockets – already with out All-Star level guard Chris Paul and guard Eric Gordon due to accidents — will battle to exchange Capela’s productiveness within the lineup. James Harden’s historic offensive run had lifted the Rockets to sixth within the Western Convention with a 24-18 document.
Capela was taking part in excellent basketball earlier than struggling the injury getting hit in a lob play in Sunday evening’s loss to Orlando. Capela is averaging 17.6 factors, 12.6 rebounds and almost two blocks a recreation. He signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension this summer time.
The absence of Capela, who’s averaging a career-high 34.2 minutes per recreation, creates a serious depth downside at middle. Nene doubtless replaces Capela within the Houston beginning lineup, however the Rockets desire to restrict the 36-year-old to 15 minutes per recreation and don’t play Nene on each ends of back-to-backs.
Hardly ever used reserves Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss are the one different facilities on the roster, though ahead PJ Tucker performs some middle in small lineups.
Coach Mike D’Antoni mentioned over the weekend that he anticipates Gordon (proper knee contusion) returning sooner or later this week and Paul (strained left hamstring) doubtless rejoining the lineup subsequent week.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this story.