Denis Schroder and Franz Wagner made light work of Canada during a tune-up game in Berlin. Schroder, in particular, was notable because of his deft footwork which caused Dillon Brooks to lose his footing while trying to defend. It was a moment of catharsis for the German fans as their team got one over Brooks, who was trash-talking before the game began. Canada was a hyped roster going into the game against Germany, but the Germans managed to hold firm and deny Canada the win.
During the game, Schroder let the ball reach center court and waited for Brooks to pick him up defensively. While Brooks was trying to find his defensive footing, Schroder’s agility and footwork broke Brooks’s ankles and he fell down. The German was in inspired form during the game, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds and eight assists.
As he does, Brooks was trash-talking everyone before the game, and the Germans will be happy to let him taste a little bit of humble pie. However, Dillon Brooks didn't justify his trash-talking as he scored just three p oints, made one r ebound, and committed five t urnovers, and six f ouls in the loss against Germany.
Watch Schroder trolls Brooks here:
The Canadian team put themselves into a precarious situation early in the game when they went down. Despite the fact that they mounted an impressive comeback, they came up short in the end and lost 86-81. Dennis Schroder and Franz Wagner put on strong performances to deny the Canadian team the win.
Dennis Schroder faces Achilles injury setback
Before the match against Canada, it was reported that Schroder was dealing with an injury to his Achilles heel. The Raptors player isn’t fully recovered from the injury, though the extent and timeline have not been revealed to fans.
Schroder said, "I had Achilles tendon problems at the end of the season and then all the time in the offseason. I've had it treated, and I'm trying to get back to 100 percent. ... Everyone's getting ready. It's looking very good." Germany coach Gordon Herbert said, “We still have time. We work on it every day. We have to work hard in training, but we also need days to recover."