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Houston Rockets center Clint Capela will miss four-to-six weeks after an MRI revealed ligament damage to his right thumb, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Capela injured the hand while going up for an alley-oop in a game against the Orlando Magic over the weekend.
“As I was going up for the lob, I got hit in the hand,” Capela said Sunday, via the Houston Chronicle.
The Rockets are already without starting point guard Chris Paul and shooting guard Eric Gordon, but won Monday anyway behind 57 points from reigning league MVP James Harden.
Capela is averaging 12.6 rebounds, fifth in the NBA.
“A roster move would benefit the Rockets, but they don’t have a ton of roster or financial flexibility to add help at this point,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors wrote. “There’s an opening on their 15-man roster, but two-way player Danuel House seems likely to claim that spot very soon.
“If that happens, Houston would open up a two-way slot for a new addition — the deadline to sign a player to a two-way contract is Tuesday.”
The Rockets have been at the center of numerous trade rumors this season, as they reportedly are seeking wing help. After the injury to Capela, they be looking to add a big man as well.