Three years ago to the day, Isaiah Thomas' Celtics were up 3-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wizards. The same Wizards team Boston scrapped with all season long, including one time where Washington players wore all black before a game because it was the Celtics' funeral.
So with a chance to close a bitter rival out on their home floor, Thomas and the Celtics tried their own "Funeral Game," only for them, their attempt wasn't as successful.
"I send a text out to everybody before we leave Boston," Thomas said on The Wizards Talk podcast last month. "Everybody wear black because we're going to a funeral and we're gonna end it [in Washington]."
John Wall ended up drilling a last-second, game-winning three to force Game 7. Not only was it the biggest shot of Wall's life to date, but it completely ruined the Celtics' revenge plan.
On the three-year anniversary, Thomas' reaction was exactly what you'd expect.
I was like damn LOL. Our all black clothes didn’t work lol https://t.co/9fhocqn0ts— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) May 12, 2020
As painful as this moment must have been for Thomas at the time, he and the Celtics ended up getting the last laugh. He poured in 29 points and 12 assists while Kelly Olynyk erupted for 26 points of his own to give the Celtics a 115-105 win in Game 7.
Lol— John Wall (@JohnWall) May 12, 2020
Boston moved on to the Eastern Conference finals and we're completely wiped out by the Cavaliers in five games. Since then, much has changed for the players involved in Wall's iconic Wizards moment. Thomas has played for four different teams, including the Wizards, since the Celtics traded him for Kyrie Irving.
Between the two teams, only Wall, Bradley Beal, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown remain on their respective sides of the bitter rivalry.
How times have changed.
Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS: