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John Wall, Dennis Schroder had history ahead of dunk and staredown in Wizards-Hawks Game 2

John Wall, Dennis Schroder had history ahead of dunk and staredown in Wizards-Hawks Game 2

Early in the third quarter of the Wizards' Game 2 win over the Hawks on Wednesday, John Wall sent a message to Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder in the most emphatic of ways.

First, Wall stole the ball between Schroder and Dwight Howard, then took it the length of the court for a left-handed slam. Schroder trailed him the whole way and because of that got dunked on.

Perhaps not liking that Schroder made contact near the rim, Wall stared him down after the funk. And, as caught on camera, he had some words from Schroder, a variation of the question: "what are you doing?"

Here's the play:

If you recall, Wall and Schroder have a little bit of history. During the Wizards-Hawks second round playoff series in 2015, Wall said Schroder intended to re-injure Wall's wrist after he hurt himself in Game 1 and missed the next three games. 

Read this from Wizards Insider J. Michael back in 2015:

"I did. A couple of them," Wall said. "Then Dennis Schroder told Kent Bazemore to smack me. I was like, 'You come smack me.'"

Was that banter serious or just to get in Wall's head, to make him less confident about driving to the rim? He injured himself in Game 1 when he fell hard in transition on a layup attempt with Jeff Teague nearby.

"No telling. Competitive game," Wall said of the perceived threat to his wrist and hand. "What made me feel very comfortable is I made the move on Jeff Teague, scored a left-hand layup and (I) fell on it. I got up and then I ran into a screen and got hit. It's going to take nicks and bruises. There's going to be a little bit of pain in there. If I can deal with it. I'm fine playing."

Could that be why Wall was jawing at Schroder? Maybe, maybe not. But it's interesting.

There was also this: Schroder in 2015 told Grantland that Wall talked the most trash of anyone he had played against in the NBA. 

[RELATED: Trash talking in pro sports: John Wall, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and others weigh in]

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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