Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard got into a slight argument early into the second half about an errant play. The 23-year-old guard did not seem too happy about what he was hearing as he refused to stop arguing his case to “Superman”. This led to the fourth-year player forgetting about his defensive duties and resulted in an open three for Stephen Curry.
As Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard argue, Steph Curry runs down and drills a three pic.twitter.com/kHiNM5Pav2
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 7, 2017
As a result, head coach Mike Budenholzer immediately pulled Schroder out of the game for good.
Prior to Curry’s made three the Hawks were leading 70-68. The bizarre incident turned out to be a bit of a momentum-shifter for the 2015 NBA champions as they outscored the Georgia-based franchise 33-24 in the third quarter. The Warriors entered the fourth quarter with a four-point lead and eventually claimed a 119-111 victory against the team that was missing the services of their starting point guard.
Arguments between teammates are not uncommon in basketball. In fact, in the right context it can actually work out for the team. However, this was not the case for Schroder and the Hawks last night. After the game, the 6-foot-2 guard publicly aired his discontent with how events transpired.
“I don’t understand Coach’s decision. We’ve got to figure it out, me and Coach. I want to talk about it. Dwight’s got to be in there, too. Get on the same page. Then we’re going be all right.”
Instead of accepting his mistake and learning from it, Schroder went the opposite direction and even seemed to demand a meeting between himself, the coach, and Howard. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens next here.
The Hawks have already all but secured their playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. However, this loss might still end up as a crucial one as they look to position themselves in the top half of the conference for home court advantage come postseason. They are currently at fifth place and now three games behind the Toronto Raptors.