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John Wall says Dennis Schröder told Kent Bazemore to smack his hand/wrist

Washington Wizards V Atlanta Hawks - Game five

ATLANTA, GA: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks looks on against John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards in Game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on May 13, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Dennis Schröder called Paul Pierce’s game-winner “a lucky shot.”

Pierce shrugged that off, via James Herbert of

“I guess Schröder’s going to say that ‘cause he’s a little young,” the 37-year-old said. “He hasn’t been able to see it over the past 17 years.

“He probably missed with me in 2K,” Pierce continued. “He probably used me and missed.”

So, the Hawks backup point guard has apparently moved onto a new target – John Wall, who returned to action despite five (!) fractures in his hand and wrist – and is using Kent Bazemore as his proxy.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

It’s no surprise the Hawks would want to test Wall’s hand/wrist. But it’s a little jarring to hear they’d be so blunt about targeting the injured area.

Does this, if Wall’s retelling is accurate, cross the an ethical line? I could go either way.

But I certainly love Wall’s response.