The Knicks have been sent “on vacation,’’ as Hawks center Clint Capela made good on his promise.
The Knicks weaved a wonderful 41-31 regular season, but it proved inflated as the Hawks outclassed the Knicks, eliminating them with a 103-89 victory at Madison Square Garden in Game 5. The Hawks took out the Knicks in five.
Capela was a huge factor with 14 points and 15 rebounds, and shoving them into an offseason of potential promise with $60 million of cap space and two first-round picks. The Knicks missed injured center Mitchell Robinson in the series.
The Knicks were bounced on the 21st anniversary of the last time Knicks played a game in June. They were eliminated in six games by the Pacers on June 2, 2000, in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Hawks will face the 76ers in the second round.