The Hawks were embarrassed in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Heat, and it was apparent they were missing their enforcer in the paint. Clint Capela suffered a nasty-looking knee injury in the second quarter of Atlanta’s play-in game versus the Cavs, and it looked like there was a good chance he would miss the rest of the season. Thankfully, he avoided anything severe, but it still feels highly unlikely that we see him at any point in the series against the Heat.
On 92.9 The Game this morning, Travis Schlenk provided an update on the big fella, saying Capela has resumed strength exercises and will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Appearing on @929TheGame this morning, Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk says Clint Capela has restarted strength exercises and will be re-evaluated on Friday
— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) April 19, 2022
Unless this series is prolonged, I find it hard to believe Capela will make it back in time, but if the Hawks can push this to a Game 6 or 7, perhaps they could get a critical piece back on the floor with all the chips on the line. However, that’s not going to happen if Atlanta can’t put what happened in Game 1 behind them and look like an entirely different team tonight.
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