Younger fans probably know the famous Dikembe Mutombo fingertip more from his hysterical auto insurance commercials than from his time as a deadly NBA shot blocker.

Hawks center Clint Capela paid tribute to Clint Capela with a demonstrative fingertip after he played Julius Randle and the Knicks defeated in the final minutes of the 105:94 victory on Friday with an emphatic block shot to give the Hawks a 2-1 in their first-round playoff series.

“It felt good. I did only shown presence. That’s what I do. I just wanted to make a statement there and did a little CC [movement], “said Capela, referring to his initials.” Whatever me gotta do to exaggerate the fans, especially to have that connection with the fans, it was great man. “

Moving the series to the crowded State Farm Arena in Atlanta served as motivation for the Hawks after they between The mundane chants – and the spit incident – that were addressed to Trae Young to open the series in the garden had split into two games.

“It was fantastic. It’s been over a year, a year and a half, and I haven’t seen that, so it felt really good, especially in such a playoff atmosphere, ”said Capela, who was injured when he was taken over from Houston in February 2020 has been. shortly before the pandemic shuts down. “It really was our sixth husband [Friday night]. It was great to be on the pitch with all that energy. “

Randle shot 2:15 on Friday evening to extend his series-long slump – apart from the second half of the comeback win of Knicks’ Game 2 – to 1:54 pm (24.1 percent).

When asked whether Randle is frustrated, Hawks power forward John Collins replied: “I really don’t care, but I hope so.”

“Whether we frustrate him or not, we started [De’Andre Hunter] on him and we were just trying to put pressure on him and not allow him to go to his seat or get to his seat on the court floor and try to put pressure on him.

“We had to ‘Dre on [Derrick] Move Rose around, and then [Collins] did a good job of getting him to work, staying ahead of him, refusing his catch, and pushing his catch [out of the basket0 … Make him Score a goal and don’t let him attack and reach the free-throw line. “

Meanwhile, Young took apart the Knicks defense, penetrated the paint, and either hit his swimmer or kicked out his teammate. Young finished the race with 21 points, 14 assists and only two turnovers, while the Hawks shot almost 60 percent (16:27) out of 3-point range.

Capela has also been with Young for two alley-oop -Dunks teamed up and finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.

“Trae was great. He just orchestrated everything. He really kept his composure and did everything right. And that’s what we need from him, ”said Capela. “Well, that’s expected of him. We all had a really good time [Friday night] and he’s a big part of it.”

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