Set for a rematch less than two weeks after the two teams engaged in a postgame altercation, the Wizards plan to wear all black to their Tuesday night game against the Boston Celtics [6:30 p.m. on CSN] at the Verizon Center.
Forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. first revealed the plans following the Wizards' win over the Hornets on Monday night:
"We're wearing all black to the game. You know where we're going with that," Oubre said. "We're ready for whatever. We're wearing all black to the game. It's a memo that the team is giving away. We're ready for whatever, man. Round 3. Let's get it."
"All black everything," guard John Wall added.
The Wizards appear to be sending a symbolic message to the Celtics, whom they have clashed with numerous times over the past year. Last January, Boston guard Marcus Smart broke Bradley Beal's nose and gave him a concussion.
Apparently, wearing black was Beal's idea:
Beal says it was his idea to wear all black for #WizCeltics and everybody agreed upon it.— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) January 24, 2017
Beal: "We've been battle-tested. We're ready. And we owe them one" #WizCeltics— J. Michael (@ThisIsJMichael) January 24, 2017
Earlier this season, on Nov. 9, Wall was ejected for a hard foul on Smart. Then, there's forward Jae Crowder who slighted the Wizards over the summer after Al Horford chose Boston in free agency. He made a derisive comment about how the Celtics were a much better team than Washington.
Crowder was then the one who instigated the postgame confrontation on Jan. 11 in Boston by poking Wall in the nose. Both Crowder and Wall were fined for the incident.
On Monday, Crowder called the Wizards a more "disrespectful" team than most.
There's a lot of history between these teams and it appears the Wizards are looking forward to the rematch.