Isaiah Thomas Taunts Dennis Schroder In 103-101 Celtics Win

(Atlanta, GA) –  There was a lot going on during the Hawks and Celtics game. Some of which most would think crossed a line of sportsmanship but when you have a battle mentality what can you expect? Thomas dominated the court scoring 28 points to lead Boston to victory. He said after the game that “Every time I step on the floor I want to win the battle. He’s not somebody I’m worried about. I’m worried about doing what’s best for my team and getting my team a win. I’ll worry about the rest later.”

He also said some other stuff that crosses the line of being competitive and downright disrespectful. As Thomas ran it, he made a point to repeatedly tell Hawks’ fans that Schroder wasn’t anything. Let Dennis tell it he took the war of words further than that making comments about Dennis’ mom and other family members.
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Dennis wouldn’t be able to defend his territory the way he wanted because of foul trouble and as the Hawks went down by 20 it looked as if all hope was lost.  But they fought back eventually tying the game before Thomas hit the winning shot.

As for the disrespect, Schroder says, “I’m playing basketball, If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

The Hawks erased the 20-point deficit with Schroder, Dwight Howard and Thabo Sefolosha out. Tim Hardaway Jr., Malcolm Delaney and Mike Dunleavy were in. Hardaway had 15 fourth-quarter points as Delaney added 10 and Dunleavy six. Hardaway and Paul Millsap hit back-to-back 3-pointers to completely erase the deficit and tied the game at 101-101 with 25.6 seconds left. But Isaish Thomas hit the final shot and that would be it.

img_6839As for Al Horford’s return to the A..he  was largely booed during the game. First during pre-game introductions and then each time he touched the ball for much of the game.

But it wasn’t all boos. Hawks’ fans showed some respect while a video tribute to Horford’s time in Atlanta played on the scoreboard during the first quarter. The arena crowd responded with a standing ovation. Then it was back to the competition and booing.

Horford finished with 10 points, six assists, six rebounds, one steal and one block. The Hawks will host the Bucks on Sunday. Tip-off is at 3pm.

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