Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert clowning Clint Capela on social media

Clint Capela, Houston Rockets. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) /

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert just did Clint Capela dirty on Twitter, but the Houston Rockets big man fired back with a shot of his own.

Despite the fact that our guys got all competitive over the last couple games, the Utah Jazz’s first-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets last spring unquestionably left a whole lot to be desired. We can spin yarns about whatever moral victories we want — 4-1 is still 4-1.

Still, long after the final buzzer sounded on the 2018-19 season, the Jazz and Rockets have continued to go toe to toe. First in the Western Conference arms race, where each squad revamped its roster in a major way. More recently, it’s been Rudy Gobert and Clint Capela duking it out. Instead of bodying each other up under the basket, though, the big men have taken their individual battle to Twitter.

On Sunday, the Stifle Tower went into full-on troll mode at Capela’s expense.

While Gobert and France prepare for World Cup play in China next month, Capela’s Swiss team is hitting the hardwood in an effort to secure a spot in the 2021 EuroBasket championship. They dropped a heartbreaker to Iceland on Saturday, but Gobert was more interested in Capela’s broken jump shot.

The Rockets center took his game out to the perimeter like never before in the contest and, well… to say the results were mixed would be sugar-coating it a little. Of course, Gobert isn’t about sugar-coating anything.

After NBA Central tweeted out tape of Capela’s newfound J (or lack thereof) Gobert was quick to clown his friend and opponent for the unfortunate effort —

As has always been the case on the court, however, Capela answered the call. His response: to tweet out the now infamous clip of Gobert shooting threes in an empty gym and razz him for his own lack of range in actual games —

Not too shabby, Mr. Capela.

For the record, only two percent or so of Gobert’s career field goal attempts have come outside of 10 feet from the hoop. So he’s not wrong in his assessment of Gobert’s shot chart.

That said, Capela’s own spread is equally extreme — he’s actually attempted even less shots than Gobert from 10 feet on out. And since Gobert drew first flood and was actually making long-range shots in his clip (whereas Capela clanged them), you could probably make a good case for this round going to the Jazz star.

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In any case, their personal war will undoubtedly continue to be waged as the Jazz and Rockets battle for West supremacy next season.