Report: Rockets Center Clint Capela out 4-6 weeks

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James Harden has been doing a ton for the Rockets, but at least he has a reliable sidekick in Clint Capela.

James Haden will have to do everything for the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Capela hasn’t been quite as sharp defensively this season as last, but he’s still Houston’s top defender. He can switch on the perimeter and protect the rim. Capela is also an elite finisher, making him a dangerous pick-and-roll partner for Harden.

Losing him is a blow to the Rockets, who are in the middle of the Western Conference pack and therefore just two games inside playoff position. With Chris Paul already sidelined, Houston’s depth is thinning quick.

Nene is the Rockets backup center, but he hasn’t played even 27 minutes in a game since the 2015-16 season, back when he was with the Wizards. Houston probably won’t want to lean too hard on the 36-year-old.

So, expect Isaiah Hartenstein and/or Marquese Chriss to enter the rotation. The Rockets could also use P.J. Tucker more at center.

Houston will also surely canvass for a trade. The good news: Center is the NBA’s deepest position, and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find potential help. But already into the luxury tax, how much will the Rockets pay for additional players?