Rockets’ Clint Capela out vs. Grizzlies with thumb injury
Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela has been ruled out of Monday night’s home game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a right thumb injury, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Rockets center Clint Capela out with a right thumb injury. As he mentioned last night https://t.co/prQVzi8mVN was scheduled to be reevaluated today. He did not think it’s serious, but as mentioned in item 2 last night https://t.co/CUSYZ0uuWu is obviously a significant loss.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 14, 2019
The Rockets will have their work cut out for them in Monday’s game, as three of their starters will be held out due to injuries, including Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee).
Capela injured his thumb during Sunday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, but he stayed on the floor. X-ray scans that were taken initially came back inconclusive, and he left the arena with the thumb wrapped.
Following the game, Capela told Feigen that he was hit in the thumb on an alley-oop attempt in the third quarter, but did not consider the injury to be serious:
“As I was going up for the lob, I got hit in the hand,” Capela said. “We’re going to see what is it when we go back home. It’s just sore right now. We can’t really see anything (on the X-ray) yet. We’ll see what happens.”
With Capela ruled out, Nene and Marquese Chriss will likely see upticks in their usage rates. Isaiah Hartenstein, who the Rockets recently recalled form the G League, could also see some playing time.
Monday night’s Rockets-Grizzlies game is scheduled to tip inside the Toyota Center at 8:00 p.m ET.
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