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A rundown of the history between rivals Wizards and Celtics ahead of their NBA playoff series

A rundown of the history between rivals Wizards and Celtics ahead of their NBA playoff series

For two teams that haven't met in the playoffs since 1984 and have no longstanding history as a rivalry, the Wizards and Celtics sure have made up for lost time. Over the last two years, many events have added up to what is arguably one of the more contentious rivalries in today's NBA. The Wizards and Celtics really, really don't like each other and it is well-documented. 

Here is a timeline to refresh your memory of why the Wizards and Celtics just don't get along...

Jan. 16, 2016 - Wittman and Crowder get into it

It's not often you see an argument between a coach and a player on the opposite team, but that's just what happened in a game in Washington when then-Wizards coach Randy Wittman and Celtics forward Jae Crowder got into a shouting match. Afterwards, Crowder claimed Wittman used obscenities.

Jan. 25, 2016 - Smart breaks Beal's nose

During a game in Boston, Celtics guard Marcus Smart elbowed Bradley Beal in the face on a layup. Beal suffered a broken nose and a concussion.

July 2, 2016 - Horford chooses Celtics over Wizards

After Horford widdles his free agent choices down to two teams, the Wizards and Celtics, he ultimately chose Boston. This was after the Wizards brass had traveled to Atlanta to meet with the All-Star forward. 

July 21, 2016 - Crowder takes shot at Wizards

Weeks after Horford signed with Boston, Crowder had this to say about the Wizards via MassLive.com: "He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year. You don't want to go there."

It's not often you hear a player take a dig like that at another team. Marcin Gortat, for one, really didn't like it:

Nov. 9, 2016 - Wall ejected for foul on Smart

In the fourth quarter of the first meeting between the teams this season, John Wall went straight after Smart and commited a flagrant foul. The refs thought he was targeting him, so they quickly kicked Wall out of the game:

Jan. 11, 2016 - Beal and Smart get tangled up

This game is remembered for what happened after the final buzzer, but Beal and Smart had an interesting dustup during the third quarter. They collided and fell down under the hoop and after getting up, both players had some words for each other:

Jan. 11, 2016 - Wall and Crowder's postgame confrontation

Soon after that incident, Wall and Crowder had some words for each other once the game was over. They met at halfcourt and that's when Crowder touched Wall's nose, earning him a quick slap to the face. Both players were fined for their roles in the confrontation:

Jan. 24, 2016 - The Funeral Game

The teams met just two weeks later in Washington and the night before, after Beal came up with the idea, Kelly Oubre, Jr. announced through the media that the Wizards would wear all black to their game against the Celtics. It became known as the Funeral Game and it was all sorts of fun.

Celtics players derided the effort as "cute" the morning of. Then, Wizards players actually showed up in all black.

The Wizards later beat the Celtics by 15 points in what was one of their most impressive wins of the season. At the time, many said how great it would be if the two teams met each other in the playoffs. Well, here we go.

[RELATED: 5 storylines to watch in Wizards-Celtics second round series in NBA Playoffs]

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Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Jordan McRae exits Wizards vs. Raptors with sprained left ankle

Just when the Wizards were getting healthy again, they may have suffered a tough blow to their second unit against the Raptors Friday night.

At the start of the second quarter in Toronto, McRae suffered a left ankle injury after accidentally stepping on Terence Davis' foot. The team ruled it as an ankle sprain and McRae did not return to the game. 

He was writhing in pain on the floor as teammates surrounded him and helped him off the floor. As he exited the game to the locker room, McRae was not able to put any weight on his left leg. 

McRae had stepped up as one of Washington's primary scorers off the bench and a very good back-up to Bradley Beal at the off-guard spot. Over the last 10 games, McRae was averaging 19.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists on 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

We don't know yet whether McRae will miss any time beyond Friday, but if he does the Wizards will have to rely more on Davis Bertans and Ish Smith for offense in the second unit. 

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Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Scott Brooks isn't sure if Rui Hachimura will return before February

Rui Hachimura is set to miss his 16th straight game with a groin injury, and his return to the court doesn't seem close. 

Before the Wizards took on the Raptors Friday night, head coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't sure if Hachimura would return before the start of February. 

Previously, Hachimura was set scheduled to be reevaluated in mid-January, so it appears after that checkpoint, the Wizards aren't ready to bring back their promising young forward. 

Hachimura originally sustained the injury by accidentally getting kicked in the groin by teammate Isaac Bonga on December 16. Before going down, Hachimura was flashing plenty of promise as a versatile offensive weapon at the power forward spot. 

As one of the top rookies in the game before the injury, Hachimura seemed like a lock to play in the NBA's Rookie-Sophomore game at All-Star weekend. That's about a month away, so this new timeline would put Hachimura's availability for that game in doubt. 

Davis Bertans, Isaac Bonga and Ian Mahinmi have helped fill in for the rookie, but in a season where development was arguably more important than winning, the Wizards and Hachimura caught a really tough break with this injury. 

In the meantime, Washington will have their hands full with Pascal Siakam and the defending champion Raptors on the road. 

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