Game Thread: Schroder, Wall differ on wrist smack talk

051315 ATLANTA: Wizards John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta.     Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
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051315 ATLANTA: Wizards John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
051315 ATLANTA: Wizards John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta.     Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Wizards’ John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 5 on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

John Wall surprised many when he returned for Game 5 after missing three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Hawks with five non-displace fractures of his left wrist and hand.

The Wizards All-Star point guard said following Game 5 that his wrist took several hits. Before Game 6, he went one step further.

“Dennis Schroder told Kent Bazemore to smack me,” Wall told reporters Friday morning. “And I was like, ‘You come smack it.’”

Schroder denied that he told Bazemore to hit Wall’s wrist. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he only told Bazemore to force Wall to his left. On that much they disagree.

Schroder did say the two engaged in some trash talk during the game. On that much they agree.

Kyle Korver joked Friday that Wall must not have normal bones considering the way he played in his return, 10 days after he suffered the injury in a fall in Game 1.

 


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