Houston Rockets starting center Clint Capela will miss four-to-six weeks with a right thumb injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Clint Capela has ligament damage in his right thumb:

In 42 games this season for the Rockets, Clint Capela is averaging 17.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 63.1 percent from the field and 62.6 percent from the free-throw line. This is a very big loss for Houston. The Rockets will now have to rely on veteran big man Nene and Marquese Chriss to anchor the frontcourt while Capela is out.

Capela is having an All-Star-caliber season for Houston, who is coming off a road loss to the Orlando Magic. The Rockets are 24-18 on the season and 13-4 in their last 17 games.

All-Star point guard Chris Paul is still out with the hamstring injury he suffered against the Miami Heat, making this news about Capela even tougher to swallow for Rockets fans. Reigning MVP James Harden, who is already carrying such a huge offensive burden for the team, will now have to play without Capela, who gets so many easy buckets at the basket when Harden breaks defenses down with his penetration.

Clint Capela signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Rockets in free agency.