Report: Rockets centre Clint Capela out 4-6 weeks with thumb injury

Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela (15) celebrates after he scored against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA's 2018 Western Conference finals. (David Phillip/AP)

Already without point guard Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets were dealt another tough injury blow on Monday.

Rockets centre Clint Capela will miss the next four to six weeks with ligament damage in his right thumb, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Capela has played terrific basketball for the Rockets this season, averaging career-highs with 17.6 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game for the Western Conference’s sixth-seeded team.

Without Capela, the Rockets will have to further rely on super-human performances from star shooting guard James Harden. The reigning MVP has been playing exceptionally of late, scoring at least 30 points in 16 consecutive games.

Nene Hilario, Isaiah Hartenstein and Marquese Chriss are expected to fill in while Capela is on the shelf.

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