The John Wall and Dennis Schroder feud was one of the compelling storylines during the Washington Wizards-Atlanta Hawks first round series. And now that it is over, with both shining, and Wall ultimately coming out on top with an impressive showing throughout the six-game series, the four-time All-Star reminded everyone he got the last laugh.
“Pick and choose cause the REAL will never lose !! #5Deep #BYB #WallWay!! DC let’s get it !!!!” Wall captioned on his Instagram post.
Wall exploded in the fourth quarter of Game 6, scoring 19 of his playoff career-high 42 points in the final frame. He scored or assisted on the Wizards’ final 22 points — scoring the final 14 — of the game. He finished the series averaging 29.5 points and 10.3 assists while shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including 47.4 percent from three-point range — both career highs.
He got the last laugh over Schroder. It was a series Wall wanted when the Wizards were locked into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He relished the moment to get revenge not only for losing to the Hawks two years ago in large due to him breaking his wrist in five places. But also because he remembered once he returned after missing three games in the series that also went six games, Schroder (according to Wall) was telling Hawks teammates to hit him in the injured wrist.
And as Kelyn Soong of the Washington Post points out, Wall remembers as well Schroder’s Instagram post after the Hawks eliminated the Wizards in 2015 that showed the Hawks point guard and Kent Bazemore laughing as Wall walked away with a sad face.
John Wall doesn't forget pic.twitter.com/AzkzIXqO2s
— Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) April 29, 2017
“You remember last time we played them in the playoffs when I broke my hand,” Wall asked reporters earlier in series per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “You see the picture he posted, going to the conference finals and I’m just sitting there like sad face, with my hand wrapped, and him and [Kent] Bazemore just laughing. It’s just about history. Just history in the game.”
In Friday’s Game 6, it was a sequence where Wall denied Schroder with a chase-down block and then crossed him and Jose Calderon to finish with a tough layup that sparked the Wizards’ resurgence to close out the game and series.
Schroder appeared to try and ask for a truce during the series, reportedly expressing his desire to work out in the off-season with both Wall and Kyrie Irving. However, it appears Wall has no intentions in obliging, especially with this closure post.