Dennis Schroder again had little luck guarding John Wall in Game 3 on Saturday night, as the Wizards All-Star went off for 29 points in 32 minutes on 10-of-12 shooting. The Wizards were blown out by Atlanta, but Wall was the one player who got what he wanted on the regular.
Schroder tried to counter Wall by guarding him full court. He did so on and off throughout Game 3 as Wall shined through an otherwise forgettable game for the Wizards. Afterwards, Wall was asked if Schroder's tactics changed anything for him.
"That has no effect on me. Him picking me up full court isn't going to change nothing. I'm still going to be me," Wall said. "That's not dictating my game and it's not going to faze me a bit."
Wall, who is now averaging 31 points on 55.4 percent shooting in the Wizards-Hawks first round series, has a theory as to why Schroder is doing it.
"I think that's just him trying to show his team that he's playing with more aggression. But that has nothing to do with me," Wall said. "That's not making me tired. That's not doing nothing."
In Schroder's defense, the Hawks haven't been able to figure out Wall quite yet despite slowing just about everyone else on the Wizards offensively. Bradley Beal (39.7% FG), Otto Porter (40%), Bojan Bogdanovic (25%), Markieff Morris (36.1%) and others have struggled for much of this series.
Take Wall's numbers out of the equation and the rest of the Wizards have shot just 41 percent in the series. Ironically, Brandon Jennings who shot just 27.4 percent with the Wizards this season is 8-for-13 in the playoffs.
The Hawks were able to win on Saturday with Wall getting his and everyone else struggling. But clearly Schroder is trying to figure out Wall, a guy he has a long and detailed history with.