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:
did The screen Shot !! Thx man !— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) July 21, 2016
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:
Here's another look at the Bradley Beal/Marcus Smart dustup that preceded tonight's postgame altercation: pic.twitter.com/l4ADsjt0tk— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 12, 2017
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:
Here are a few angles of the Wall-Crowder, Wizards-Celtics argument: pic.twitter.com/75tw37WEqf— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 12, 2017
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.
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 24, 2017
Marcin Gortat in all black: 'Don't blame me, please.' 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/GwRtS0gUGG— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 24, 2017
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.