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Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela trade shots on Twitter

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A pair of Western Conference rivals are keeping the drama going even in the dog days of the offseason.

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, who is playing for his native Switzerland on the international stage this summer, had a poor performance shooting the ball against Iceland over the weekend, sparking a lowlight video on Twitter.

Utah Jazz counterpart Rudy Gobert, a French native and national basketball team participant as well, reposted the video on Sunday with the caption “July is definitely over” and three laughing-face emojis. He also tagged Capela in it.

For context, Capela had posted a subtweet last month, warning everyone not to put too much stock into offseason noise of players improving their jumpers because “everybody can shoot in July.”

The timing was certainly suspect, as Gobert’s national teammate Nicolas Batum had just tweeted a video of the seven-footer flashing his three-point range in the gym a few hours before Capela’s post.

Back to Sunday — Capela caught wind of Gobert’s barb and tweeted back that he should take two shots outside of the paint in a game first before talking.

The two big men have done battle both on the international stage as well as in the playoffs each of the last two years (both victories by Houston). Gobert also has a history with other members of the Rockets, and it’s clear that there is no love lost between the two conference rivals.


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