Update (January 15): While speaking with reporters today, Isaiah Thomas said that he didn’t curse at Dennis Schroder’s mom during the Hawks-Celtics matchup on Friday night. Thomas told The Boston Globe that he doesn’t talk about families when he’s on the court and that Schroder is lying about the altercation.
More from the The Globe:
“Yeah, I don’t talk about nobody’s mom, I don’t cuss at nobody’s moms, and I don’t talk about people’s families,” he said. “So whatever [Schroder] said, that’s a 100 percent lie and he knows that. I always say, ‘Keep it hoop.’ When it comes to basketball, I talk about basketball and I’m doing to trash talk and I’m going to compete, I’m going to do whatever I can to make my team win a game.”
IT also said that he doesn’t even want to discuss Schroder at all moving forward:
“But I don’t bring parents in it. I don’t bring family. I don’t even know his mom to curse at her like he said I did or whatever he’s lying about. From this point on, I don’t even want to talk about Dennis Schroder because he’s not even on the level that I’m trying to be on. I’m not even focused on him anymore.”
During the first quarter of Game 3, Thomas hit Schroder in the head with an arm swing, and Schroder responded by knocking Thomas to the ground. The NBA later reviewed the incident and assessed Thomas a Flagrant 1.
On Friday, their first meeting since last year’s playoff series, Thomas reportedly taunted Schroder by shouting that Schroder “ain’t nothing” to Atlanta’s crowd.
Isaiah Thomas yelling to crowd that Dennis Schroder "Ain't nothing."
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) January 14, 2017
After the game, Schroder said Thomas’ trash talk crossed the line (via the Atlanta Journal Constitution):
“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder said afterward. “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.”
Thomas denied Schroder’s allegations, tweeting, “That type of trash talk is not my style & never has been. Flat out NEVER happened.”