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Clint Capela out four to six weeks with injured thumb

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Already down Chris Paul and Eric Gordon, the Rockets have some more adversity to face.

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The Houston Rockets have been battling injuries all season, and the news just got worse, as it’s been announced that center Clint Capela will miss the next four to six weeks with a thumb injury.

The injury is reported to be ligament damage, and Capela has already had an MRI and will be looking into getting a second opinion, according to ESPN.

The Rockets are already playing without star point guard Chris Paul and sixth man Eric Gordon, and though both are expected back relatively soon, that’s a lot of man power to be down with Capela now out until possibly March.

Capela is currently in the midst of his finest statistical season, averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game on 63 percent shooting, and the Rockets will replace his minutes with some combination of Nene, Isaiah Hartenstein, and Marquese Chriss, though I have a hard time seeing Chris being able to contribute anything substantial.

James Harden, who’s already been handling a ridiculous usage and has been playing out of his mind now for weeks, is going to have to step it up even further in Capela’s absence, and hopefully the Rockets can tread water until they get some guys back.

Get well soon, Clint (and EG and CP3)!