Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela just went HAM on the New York Knicks ... calling out the players for trying to "play tough" and guaranteeing to boot them from the playoffs!!!
The Knicks vs. Hawks series has been chippy and rough through 4 games to say the least ... and when the 27-year-old baller was asked about the Knicks playing physical, Capela unloaded.
"They try to play tough, push our guys around and talk s***, but we can do that, too," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"We show them as soon as they came back here. We can push guys around, too. We can talk s*** as well, so whatchu gonna do about it? -- and we can get a win with it."
Capela insists the Knicks' style of play hasn't posed a serious threat ... and guarantees a victory in Game 5 to send the Knicks packing on Wednesday.
"And now we’re coming to your home to win this game again and send you on vacation."
DAMN, CLINT!!! Tell us how you really feel!!!
Frustration boils over for the Knicks as Julius Randle shoves Danilo Gallinari 😳(via @SportsCenter)pic.twitter.com/R76BQ5lt2l— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 30, 2021
Frustration boils over for the Knicks as Julius Randle shoves Danilo Gallinari 😳(via @SportsCenter)pic.twitter.com/R76BQ5lt2l
There's more ... Clint had words for Knicks star Julius Randle shoving Danilo Gallinari during Game 4 as "retaliation" for hitting Reggie Bullock's neck on the previous possession.
"You’re trying to look physical, but it’s not working. It’s the last solution," he added.
"You don’t get your star player making dirty plays. Of course, that was a dirty play, retaliation or not … we all can shove someone. You can play hard but within the game."
As for the Knicks ... they're not taking the bait.
Randle responded shortly after, saying, "Why would I give a hell what Clint Capela has to say?"
Derrick Rose added ... "I’m 32 years old. I’ve never talked s*** like that in my life."
"I’m too old for that."
Knicks and Hawks tip-off at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Getcha popcorn ready.
As for Capela ... Vince McMahon's gotta hit this guy up after the NBA!!!