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Capela To Get Second Opinion On Injured Thumb

Initial reports said Rockets center would miss 4-6 weeks

January 14, 2019 - 7:01 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- When Clint Capela injured his right thumb in the third quarter of the Rockets 116-109 in Orlando Sunday he didn't think it was serious, so he kept playing. X-rays after the game were inconclusive, but an MRI taken Monday reportedly revealed ligament damage which would cause the Rockets center to miss 4-6 weeks, though the team hasn't confirmed that diagnosis.

“He’s getting a second opinion tomorrow or the next day, and we’ll know more," Rockets head coach told reporters Monday before the Rockets game against the Memphis Grizzlies. "It’s not definitive right now what the deal is right now, and when he gets that second opinion then I’m sure (the team) will be all over it and have a release.”

Monday's contest is the first Capela missed all season and when he spoke to reporters an hour before tip-off he was disappointed that the injury would force him to miss any time. 

"I've been playing all games this season, just feeling great, my body was feeling great, just trying to help the team as much as I could, and I felt I had a good impact on this team, so it's tough to not be with the guy, but I don't have any choice so I'm just going to fight to get back as soon as possible."

Capela's presence on the floor will be missed no matter how long he's forced to sit. In his fifth NBA season, he's averaging 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while playing close to 35 minutes. All three are career-highs. D'Antoni said Nene will start in his place with Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss seeing time behind him.