Rockets' Clint Capela out 4-6 weeks with thumb injury

By Sal Maneen - Sports Producer

HOUSTON - It's another big blow for the already short-handed Rockets, as they are apparently losing big man Clint Capela for the forseeable future, according to sources.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the 24-year-old center is dealing with ligament damage in his right thumb, which will keep him out 4-6 weeks.

Wojnarowski tweeted that an MRI showed ligament damage.

Houston has recalled 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein from the G-League to fill in.

The Rockets are still without guards Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) -- meaning three starters are currently on the shelf.

Capela was having an All-Star caliber season prior to injury, averaging 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, while shooting better than 63% from the field and a career-best 62.6% from the free throw line.

Houston has lost three of its last five games, but returns to Toyota Center for three straight, starting with the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

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