The Atlanta Hawks move into their opening series with the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday with a sovereign 3-1 lead. And after an impressive performance of two games in Atlanta, the Hawks are very confident of ending the Knicks season in Game 5.
Clint Capela in particular had no problem saying so much on Tuesday.
In response to a question about dealing with the Knicks ‘physicality, Capela did not hold back when he shot at the Knicks’ attempts at physical play. He said, “They try to play hard, push our boys around and talk (expletive), but we can do that too.”
He added that the Hawks were ready to send the Knicks on “vacation”.
Clint Capela: “We can push people around and we can talk shit and win with it, so what are you going to do about it? … “
“We’re going to send you on vacation.” pic.twitter.com/xjLmjod2Aj
– Kevin Chouinard (@KLChouinard) June 1, 2021
The apparent bulletin board material was then passed on to the Knicks players, and in Tuesday’s media appearance, both Julius Randle and Derrick Rose had similar responses.
They claimed they didn’t care what Clint Capela had to say.
Rose said he was too old – he’s only 32! – to go into it.
Regarding Clint Capela’s comment, Derrick Rose says he’s “too old for that”:
“I’m 32 years old, I’ve never talked like that in my life and I won’t start now if Clint Capela starts talking crazy.” pic.twitter.com/8MMzj81dL5
– Knicks videos (@sny_knicks) June 1, 2021
Randle did not hesitate before saying “does not matter” to the Capela question.
CLINT CAPELA: “Now we’re coming to your home to win this game again. And send you on vacation. “
JULIUS RANDLE: “Why should I care what Clint Capela has to say?”
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 1, 2021
Of course they say that now. But we have to see if those remarks play a role in Wednesday’s fifth game at MSG when the two teams are actually on the field.