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Capela Undergoes Surgery On Right Thumb

Rockets say he'll be out 4-6 weeks

January 17, 2019 - 7:13 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Rockets center Clint Capela will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured right thumb, the team announced Thursday.

The operation was performed by Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles and it repaired a torn ligament suffered in the Rockets 116-109 loss in Orlando Sunday.

Capela continued to play after suffering the injury in the third quarter. X-Rays after the game came back negative, but ESPN reported Monday that an MRI showed ligament damage. Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said Monday the team was seeking a second opinion.

In his fifth NBA season, Capela is averaging career-highs in points (17.6), rebounds (12.6), and minutes (34.2) after signing a five year, $90 million contract in August.