It's one thing to wear all-black during a regular-season game at home like the Wizards did vs. the Boston Celtics. It's another for visitors to wear it for a road Game 6 at Verizon Center, where they haven't won all season.
Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Jae Crowder were among those to arrive in all black garb. The Celtics lead the series 3-2 and if they close out they advance to the conference finals vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Al Horford, however, did not wear all black.
On Jan. 28, the Wizards wore all black in a "funeral game," about two weeks after John Wall had a postgame altercation with Crowder that led to both players being fined by the NBA. Both sides have talked openly about their distaste for each other since. The Wizards won that game 123-108.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who learned about the Celtics' attire during pregame availability, dimissed the symbolism.
"I did not know that. I don't care what they wear. I really don't care," he said. "It's about playing good basketball on the court. It's about playing together. It's about imposing our will on them and vice versa. Wearing black, it's great. It's a great color. Makes me look thin."
Each home team has won in this series. During the regular season, they went 2-2 with each holding serve at home.
Boston coach Brad Stevens denied any knowledge of the ploy by his team coordinating to wear all black.
"I still haven't heard anybody talk about it. I dont even know what the deal is. I'm being dead honest," Stevens said before tipoff. "There weren't that many guys on the bus I rode over with. I just walked in there, talked about the Wizards and how to prepare for this game. They don't consult me on fashion, surprisingly, nor did I get the memo."
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