Two years ago, the Hawks outlasted the Wizards in the second round of the playoffs, a series that featured many images of John Wall wearing street clothes and sitting on the bench. The Wizards star broke his hand and wrist in Game 1 that year, sat out the next three games, and was still hampered by the injury when he returned.

Still, the Hawks won, fair and square. And then Dennis Schroder posted about it on Instagram.

“EASTERN COMFERENCE (sic) FINALS !!!!!” he wrote. “WE NOT DONE YET !!!”

Schroder and Kent Bazemore were pictured in the post, smiling. Also pictured: John Wall. With a left wrist brace. Not smiling.

Which Wall mentioned Friday afternoon when asked about the withering look he shot Schroder during Wednesday night’s Game 2, after first recording a withering dunk.

You remember last time we played them in the playoffs, when I broke my hand?” Wall said. “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 Bazemore just laughing. It’s just about history. Just history in the game.”

Great athletes often have great memories. Wall — with a dunk and a stare two years in the making — appears to qualify. I asked Wall what he thought when he watched the clip of his Game 2 dunk and stare. “What do I think?” he responded. “What I said.”

Which was?

“I can’t say it, because I said a cuss word,” he replied, apologetically. “But it was just like, don’t do that. What are you thinking? Not to jump with me. Same thing when you see LeBron [James] dunk on somebody; you’re like, what’d you jump with him for in transition?”

Schroder on Friday talked about the verbal interplay between he and Wall, saying that Atlanta Coach Mike Budenholzer doesn’t want him to get into trash talking, and has told him to instead emulate San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.

“I like to talk as well, but sometimes you’ve got to be bigger than that,” Schroder said. “You have got to think about the team. Every game I give everything I have to defend [Wall]. It’s tough. For 35 minutes he’s running up the court and doing all these things but I’m going to keep trying and keep doing my thing.”

Of course, as The Post’s Jorge Castillo has noted, Wall and the Schroder/Bazemore combo have even more history from that series.

Wall said on Friday said there was nothing out of the ordinary about the intensity of that dunk and stare.

“Listen, this is how it goes on the basketball court,” he said. “You’re gonna have your [trash talk] to people throughout the game. … I mean, when you’re going into it and it’s a playoff battle, you’re going to have back and forth trash talking. [Markieff Morris and Paul Millsap] had their trash-talking. At the end of the day, it’s just competitive basketball.”

Still, at that precise moment, he looked sort of … let’s say, angry? Fierce? Thinking about the logistics involved in removing a human head from its physical moorings?

“When I get between those lines, I’m a different person,” Wall said. “I ain’t friendly. I’ve got no friends. That’s how I was brought up. When I get between those basketball lines, anything I go through and any problems I have, I take it out there.”

(Via USA Today)