Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas walked into the upstairs gym at Georgetown Univerisity's athletic center Tuesday morning with a grey hood on his head and immediately announced to the room: "They're wearing all black!"
He later elaborated to reporters.
"That's cute that they're wearing all black. It's definitely not a Game 7. It's not the playoffs," Thomas said. "I saw the the funeral and all black thing last night and I just laughed about it."
Forward Jae Crowder showed up to shootaround wearing a black sweatshirt.
"I always wear black," he said.
When asked for his reaction to the Wizards' plans, he replied with a sarcastic "okay."
Crowder went on to downplay the rematch.
"They can do all that stuff. We're just here to take care of business."
The Wizards plans to wear black were revealed by forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. after their win over the Hornets in Charlotte on Monday night. He described it as a "memo to the team" that the Wizards are "ready for whatever." Guard Bradley Beal came up with the idea.
The Wizards and Celtics go at it for the third time this season on Tuesday night, less than two weeks after the two teams were involved in a postgame confrontation in Boston on Jan. 11. Crowder was fined for his role in an altercation that began with him poking Wizards guard John Wall in the nose.
Crowder also made headlines last summer after Al Horford signed with Boston over Washington free agency. He suggested Horford didn't go there because the Celtics swept them in the 2015-16 head-to-head season series.
The rivalry also includes Wall's ejection for a hard foul on Marcus Smart on Nov. 9 of this season. And last year Smart broke Beal's nose in a game at the Verizon Center.
Thomas, for one, considers Wall a good friend.
"We're good friends," he said. "But when we get on the court, we're not friends."