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Hawks center Clint Capela: Knicks try to be physical, but aren’t really

Clint Capela and Julius Randle in Hawks-Knicks

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 30: Clint Capela #15 of the Atlanta Hawks battles for a rebound against Julius Randle #30 and Taj Gibson #67 of the New York Knicks in the first half during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at State Farm Arena on May 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Clint Capela was brash while playing for the Rockets against the dominant Warriors.

Now on the Hawks – who are up 3-1 in their first-round series against the Knicks – Capela darned sure isn’t becoming less outspoken.

Capela, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“Are they physical? They try to play physical. I feel like if they were really physical we’d have more problems than we have,” Capela said. “I feel like they’re trying to, but it’s not working.”
“We talked s--t and pushed you around, so what are you going to do about it? So that’s what happened. We can do it, too. We can be physical, but we can win games as well,” Capela said. “Now we’re coming to your home to win this game again, to send you on vacation.”

The Knicks have overachieved this season through their effort, defense and, yes, toughness.

They just aren’t tough enough to overcome their talent deficit in this series. It’s hard to look tough while getting schooled by Trae Young and multiple skilled role players.

And now Capela is mocking New York for coming up short, which can’t feel good entering Game 5 tomorrow.