Capela's thumb surgery went as planned Thursday and he's expected to return in 4-to-6 weeks, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. As predicted, Capela will miss at least a month as he rehabs from surgery on his right thumb. Capela's absence isn't good news for his team, although it's good to hear that the procedure went well and that he'll return well before the playoffs begin.
Capela (thumb) is expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The big man is dealing with ligament damage in his right thumb. Obviously, this is troublesome news for the Rockets, who are already dealing with other key injuries -- namely, to Chris Paul (hamstring) -- as they jockey for position in the Western Conference. To date, Capela is enjoying the best statistical season of his career, averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, while shooting better than 63 percent from the field. He's also improved at the free throw line, hitting a career-best 62.6 percent of his 4.1 attempts per game. The Rockets don't exactly have a clear replacement for Capela in place, so it'll likely be a by-committee approach, with Nene Hilario and Marquese Chriss -- and perhaps Isaiah Hartenstein -- in the best position to benefit, from a minutes perspective.
Capela has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Grizzlies due to a right thumb injury, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Capela injured his finger going for a lob during Sunday's loss to the Magic. While the big man downplayed the severity of the issue and finished the contest with 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 10 boards and three assists in 36 minutes, the injury is apparently bothersome enough to keep him sidelined for at least one game. More specifics regarding the injury should clear up once he's further evaluated Monday. In the meantime, look for Nene Hilario and Marquese Chriss to see increased roles with Capela sidelined.
Capela scored 19 points (7-8 FG, 5-7 FT) while adding four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 30 minutes during Friday's 141-113 win over the Cavaliers. All five Houston starters scored in double digits during the rout, although even Capela's production paled in comparison to another massive James Harden triple-double. The rebounding total as actually Capela's lowest of the season, but he still has 13 double-doubles in 20 games since the beginning of December.
Capela ended with 18 points (4-16 FG, 10-12 FT), 13 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 116-109 loss to Milwaukee. Capela managed yet another double-double Wednesday, finished with 18 points and 13 boards. He struggled from the field, going just 4-of-16 in what was an uncharacteristically poor performance. On the flipside, he shot 83 percent from the free-throw line, making double-digit free-throws for the first time in his career.
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