HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets center Clint Capela underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb Thursday and will be out 4-to-6 weeks.
Capela's surgery was done by Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles.
Capela started Houston's first 42 games before he was injured Sunday night in a loss at Orlando. The 24-year-old is averaging 17.6 points and 12.6 rebounds - both career highs - this season.
It's a significant blow for a team that has been without All-Star Chris Paul since Dec. 22 because of a strained left hamstring and that has also missed starter Eric Gordon recently because of a bruised knee.
With Capela out the Rockets will look for more minutes from Nene and could also use Gary Clark to fill in at center.
---
More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail 76ers vs. Nets Prediction Can the Philadelphia 76ers take complete control of their series with the Brooklyn Nets when the two meet in Game 4 today at 3PM ET?
Thumbnail Blazers vs. Thunder Prediction Can the Oklahoma City Thunder get themselves on track when they host the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at 9:30PM ET in Game 3 of their series?
Thumbnail Celtics vs. Pacers Prediction Following another second-half collapse, will the Indiana Pacers be able to bounce back tonight at home when they host the Boston Celtics at...
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Magic Prediction With the series shifting to Orlando tonight, who will come away with Game 3 when the Orlando Magic host the Toronto Raptors at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Clippers Prediction After blowing a 31-point lead in Game 2, will the Golden State Warriors bounce back when they go on the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers...