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Isaiah Thomas shoots down idea Wizards were motivated by Celtics' all-black stunt for Game 6

Isaiah Thomas shoots down idea Wizards were motivated by Celtics' all-black stunt for Game 6

The Boston Celtics found out the hard way on Friday night exactly how an all-black stunt can backfire.

After losing to the Wizards in Game 6, each Celtics player had to put those same black outfits they arrived to the game with back on. Isaiah Thomas sat down at the podium wearing a buttoned-up black shirt, so naturally that came up during his press conference.

And Thomas happened to speak after Markieff Morris, John Wall and others suggested they drew motivation out of the Celtics' all-black effort, which was a response to the Wizards doing the same in a game between the teams in January.

[RELATED: Morris on Celtics' all-black: Man they want to be us so bad]

Thomas, who reportedly came up with the idea, said he had no regrets.

"Second thoughts? No. I wear black all the time," he said.

As for the idea that the Wizards would be extra-motivated by the Celtics wearing all-black, Thomas thought that theory was ridiculous.

"It's the playoffs, you should be motivated by anything," he said. "I don't think they were just motivated by that. It's Game 6. Their season was on the line, so they should have been motivated by everything else, just like we're motivated for Game 7. It's the playoffs. That's all I can say."

Before the game a Wizards player joked in the locker room: "If we win we're gonna wear all-black to Game 7. We should do it."

Will they actually do it? We'll see.

[RELATED: Alex Ovechkin, Nationals players turn out to support Wizards in Game 6]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green hopes NBA Finals experience with Cavs can rub off on Wizards

Jeff Green's basketball résumé got a significant boost this spring and summer as his Cleveland Cavaliers marched all the way to the NBA Finals before they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. It was Green's first time going past the second round of the playoffs and the experience, he says, was invaluable.

Green has come about as close to winning a championship without actually winning one and he certainly hopes to get back in that position. Green believes his new team, the Washington Wizards, have the tools to make a deep playoff run and it's one of the reasons why he signed a free agent deal to join them.

"Being there last year myself with Cleveland, I know it takes a lot. It takes a lot of pieces. I feel like this team has them," he said. "We can get back to that point. When I got the call, I felt like it was the best opportunity for myself to get there."

The Wizards' franchise has not been past the second round of the playoffs since 1979, when they were known as the Bullets. That was before anyone on their roster was born.

But Green pointed to the open Eastern Conference and the talent on the roster as reasons to believe they can accomplish some things that they haven't in decades. They may be capable, but putting it all together is easier said than done.

Green hopes to be one of the glue guys necessary for the Wizards to reach their potential, in part by sharing the lessons he learned.

"Never take it for granted. There are a lot of greats that have never been there," he said. "Getting to the Finals and being part of that was beyond amazing. With the experience and seeing what it took, I can bring that here and get everybody on the same page of knowing what it takes and the sacrifices that you have to do to get to that point."

Green over and over mentioned how it takes a collective effort to go to the conference finals and beyond, but he did show some self-awareness and a sense of humor about his own experience in Cleveland. All teams are different and the one he just left was a unique situation.

"You can’t get there individually. I mean, you can, we did last year. I mean, LeBron [James] carried us all the way there," he joked. "But there’s only one LeBron, but to get there you have to have team unity. You all have to be on the same page and sacrifice to make sure you’re doing what it takes to get the team there. I think that’s the biggest key. It’s not an individual thing… unless you’re LeBron."

If the Wizards are to reach their goals and go to the conference finals or the NBA Finals, they will have to do it differently than the Cavaliers did. They do not have a player on the level of James who can do much of it by himself. But Green said the process of imparting his wisdom has already started.

"I talked to John [Wall]," Green said. "Knowing that he wants to get to the Finals, I was just picking his brain and what he thinks is needed to get there. And me sharing my experience of getting to the Finals and what it takes."

The Wizards have reached a point as an organization where they have the urgency to reach new heights. Green believes he can help them get there.

Listen to our full interview with Jeff Green on the Wizards Tipoff Podcast:

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