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Capela To Miss Grizzlies Game With Thumb Injury

Rockets center suffered the injury Sunday in Orlando

January 14, 2019 - 12:57 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Already without Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, the Rockets will be even more shorthanded when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center Monday night. The team's injury report lists center Clint Capela as out with a right thumb injury.

Capela injured his thumb in the third quarter of the Rockets 116-109 loss in Orlando Sunday, but continued to play, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Houston Chronicle reported Capela underwent x-rays after the game and he left the Rockets locker room with his thumb wrapped, but he didn't think the injury was serious.

The team did not give any other information on the extent of Capela's injury and likely won't until Mike D'Antoni's media availabilty before Monday's game, but on the second night of a back-to-back, the Rockets will be without their second, third, and fourth leading scorers as well as their leading rebounder.

Monday will be the first game that Capela has missed this season. In 42 games, he's scoring a career-high 17.6 points, while grabbing a career-high 12.6 rebounds, in a career-high 34.6 minutes. 

Nene is expected to start at center in his absence, and the Rockets have recalled Isaiah Hartenstein from their G League affiliate in Rio Grande Valley.

 

UPDATED: 2:45

ESPN is reporting Capela will miss 4-6 weeks after an MRI revealed ligament damage to his right thumb.