The Atlanta Hawks were glorious in their comeback win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Play-In game. However, they were hit with scary news in the middle of the game. Clint Capela landed awkwardly and suffered a knee injury in the first half of the contest. As a result, he was ruled out of the contest completely.
After the game, many Hawks fans were wondering about Clint Capela’s status. After all, he is their starting center, and missing him in a series against an All-Star center in Bam Adebayo is unideal. While there’s no official information on Capela yet, the manangement believes that there is no significant damage to his knee. (via Adrian Wojnarowski)
There’s initial optimism that Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela hasn’t suffered significant right knee damage, but an MRI on Saturday will determine extent of possible injury, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 16, 2022
Trae Young may have won them the game thanks to his incredible skills on the court. However, that kind of carry performance is not sustainable in the playoffs for the Hawks. The Cavs are inexperienced, as this was their first foray into the playoffs. Abusing mismatches won’t be as easy against a well-rounded team like the Heat.
It would also be ideal for them to start out hotter than they did today. The Hawks fell flat against the Cavs to start the game, going down by as much as ten points. Stronger teams like the Heat will hold on to their leads better than Cleveland did in this game. When that happens, the Hawks need to have a clear gameplan against some of the top coaches in the East.
Aside from Capela, the Hawks also sat out John Collins due to an injury. Luckily for them, Danilo Gallanari stepped up to the plate for them and gave them huge minutes. The team is hoping that they can keep up this pace for the next few games.