With two starters already out with injuries, the Houston Rockets are losing center Clint Capela for four to six weeks with ligament damage to his right thumb, league sources told ESPN.
Capela underwent an MRI in Houston on Monday and may get a second opinion with a hand specialist in the near future, league sources said.
The Rockets anticipate that Capela will miss the remaining 15 games before the All-Star break and return for the Feb. 21 road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the source told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Report: Blake Griffin Out Until November Due to Knee, Hamstring Soreness
The Detroit Pistons will be without Blake Griffin until at least early November due to continued soreness in his knee and hamstring.
Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit’s season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning “for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness.”
The Pistons say he will be re-evaluated the first week of November.
Steve Kerr: ‘It’s unlikely’ that Klay Thompson Plays this Season
Ever since Klay Thompson tore his left ACL four months ago, the Warriors guard has held out hope that he could return this season in time for a potential NBA playoff run.
His coach, however, isn’t betting on that timeline.
“It’s unlikely that he’s going to play this year,” Steve Kerr recently told NBC Sports Bay Area in an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday in “NBA Season Tip-Off,” only on the MyTeams app. “So we have to understand that.”
Thompson, who suffered the knee injury during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, had surgery July 2, and has said he hopes to play after the NBA All-Star break in February. Recent history, however, suggests that might not be possible.