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Isaiah Thomas details Celtics' failed attempt at their own 'Funeral Game'

Isaiah Thomas details Celtics' failed attempt at their own 'Funeral Game'

Everyone has their own opinion of where and when the Wizards' bitter rivalry with the Celtics in 2016-17 all began.

You could point to Jae Crowder booping John Wall's nose, or Wall's confrontation with Marcus Smart, or even Crowder's history with ex-Wizards coach Randy Whitman. But the real start, the culmination of all those isolated events came on January 24, 2017. The Funeral Game.

It was a statement win for the Wizards. They buried Boston 123-108 and left a sour taste in the mouths of Celtics players like Isaiah Thomas, who joined Chris Miller on the Wizards Talk Podcast to talk about his team's own attempt at a Funeral Game and how intense the Celtics-Wizards rivalry really was. 

Thomas' Celtics went back and forth with the Wizards in the second round of the playoffs. The home team won each of the first five games heading into Game 6, and the two-time All-Star wanted to add another level of intrigue to the closeout game. 

"I send a text out to everybody before we leave Boston," Thomas said. "Everybody wear black because we're going to a funeral and we're gonna end it [in Washington].

"Nobody knew but the players," he said. "So then everyone wore black and when everybody walked in, people started to talk. Then when we ended up losing and John hitting the game-winner and him doing the interview after he's like, 'Don't ever wear black in my city.' I'm like [busts out laughing]."


Game 6 was an instant classic. The Celtics played well enough to win the game, Thomas was excellent down the stretch and Beal kept the Wizards in it by scoring 33 points. Everything came down to the Wizards' final possession and Wall delivered with a game-winning three to send the series to a seventh game. 

Boston ended up winning the series so Thomas can look back on everything fondly, but there's no denying how intense the rivalry really was. In a season that featured Kevin Durant's first with the Warriors and Russell Westbrook's triple-double tour, the Wizards and Celtics took center stage whenever they crossed paths on the floor. 

It got so heated that according to Thomas, his friendship with a couple of Wizards players took a considerable hit during the playoffs. 

"John's one of my close friends, like, I didn't even talk to John in the series," he said. "Markieff [Morris] is one of my close friends too from when we played on Phoenix and during that series, I didn't think we would ever talk again with how crazy it got."

We're about three years removed from that fateful series, with Wall, Beal and Ian Mahinmi as the only remaining Wizards from that season. In Boston, it's only Smart and Jaylen Brown. Thomas even played for the Wizards this season after stops with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Nuggets. 

In today's NBA, rivalries fade as fast as they develop, which makes feuds like the Wizards and Celtics that much more enjoyable when taking a trip down memory lane. 

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Former Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris drawing major trade interest before deadline

Former Wizards Kelly Oubre Jr. and Markieff Morris drawing major trade interest before deadline

We're less than 24 hours away from Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, and while we wait to see whether the Wizards will make a move, former members of the team could find themselves on new teams by the end of the week. 

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Suns are fielding trade calls on Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre spent the first three-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Wizards before he was traded to Phoenix in exchange for Trevor Ariza. 

The 24-year-old wing is having a career year on his new team, averaging 18.5 points and 6.7 rebounds on 44.9 percent shooting. It's unclear why the Suns are looking to trade Oubre, having just signed him to a two-year contract. 

Another former Wizard could be on the move as well. The Pistons have received calls from multiple teams for Markieff Morris, according to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor. The Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Sixers, Celtics and Rockets are among the teams vying for Morris' services. 

Morris spent three-and-half seasons in Washington as well and contributed to the best Wizards team in recent memory in 2016-17. He was traded to the Thunder during last season and signed with the Pistons in free agency. This year, Morris is averaging 11 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three. 

Whichever contender can convince Detroit to part with Morris will get a hard-nosed, versatile forward who can defend and knock down shots from the perimeter. 

Not to be forgotten on the list of former Wizards players on the move this deadline season, Nene was recently traded by the Rockets to Atlanta as a part of the massive Clint Capela trade. 

The previous front office regime traded both of these players away, much to the dismay of Wizards fans. The Wizards aren't linked to either player at the moment, though much can change before 3 p.m. on Thursday. 

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Markieff Morris throws Davis Bertans to the ground, Bradley Beal's hilarious response

Markieff Morris throws Davis Bertans to the ground, Bradley Beal's hilarious response

Current Wizards power forward Davis Bertans and past Wizards power forward Markieff Morris got into a scuffle Monday night after Morris committed a flagrant foul on the sharpshooter.

Fighting for a rebound in the fourth quarter, Morris threw Bertans to the floor. Bertans took exception and went after Morris before Troy Brown and Ish Smith held him back. 

The officials then ruled the play a flagrant-1 foul on Morris, giving the Wizards two shots and the ball in the game's critical moments. 

After the game, Bradley Beal offered his thoughts on his former teammate and whether he would have had to keep the peace. 

"Keef is a dog for sure," Beal said with a big smile. "He's a bully but I was hoping he wouldn't do anything. I was there for him if need be."

It's hard to understand what Morris was thinking here, but he had plenty of moments like these when he played in DC. 

Morris was a Wizard for roughly three seasons and brought a level of toughness and attitude to the team. He was the founder of the "Death Row DC" nickname for the 2016-17 team, the same year the Wizards wore funeral attire before beating down the Celtics at home. 

While the officials reviewed the play, Bertans had some choice words for Morris. Mouth readers rejoice. 

The Wizards ended up winning this one by a healthy margin, and Morris' flagrant on Bertans had a lot to do with it. The Pistons had the momentum and could have re-taken the lead at that point of the game, but for some reason, Morris decided to get overly physical with Bertans. 

Instead of scratching your head wondering what Morris was thinking, Wizards fans can enjoy the fact that their team came out with a win because their player kept his head.