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Rockets lose Swiss big man Capela for 4-6 weeks: reports


By Agence France-Presse

Swiss center Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets will miss the next four to six weeks of the NBA season with a right thumb injury, according to multiple reports Monday.

The Houston Chronicle and ESPN reported that Capela, who suffered the injury in a Sunday loss to Orlando, underwent an MRI Monday that showed right thumb ligament damage.

Capela, who signed a five-year deal worth a reported $80 million, was hurt in the third quarter while leaping for a lob pass.

The 24-year-old Swiss, in his fifth NBA season, is averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots a game for the Rockets, who share fifth in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Clippers at 24-18.

Brazil’s Nene is likely to replace Capela at center for the Rockets, who are already without guards Chris Paul, expected back next week with a sore left hamstring, and Eric Gordon, expected back this week after a right knee injury.