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Celtics not impressed with Wizards wearing all black: 'That's cute'

Celtics not impressed with Wizards wearing all black: 'That's cute'

The Boston Celtics heard about the Wizards' plans to wear all black to their Tuesday night game at the Verizon Center (6:30 p.m. on CSN), and it does not sound like they are too impressed.

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."

[RELATED: Wizards plan to wear all black to Celtics game]

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Wizards' Markieff Morris to have surgery, miss start of training camp

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Wizards' Markieff Morris to have surgery, miss start of training camp

The Wizards will be without starting power forward Markieff Morris for the start of training camp, as Morris is due for surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday.

The Wizards begin training camp on Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Richmond, Va.

Their first preseason game is on Oct. 2 and they begin their regular season schedule on Oct. 18 at home against the Sixers.

That should give Morris several weeks to recover before the season begins.

ROSTER OUTLOOK: WHY MARKIEFF MORRIS IS THE X-FACTOR

Morris, 28, is entering his third season with the Wizards and has become a key cog in their starting lineup. He averaged 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds during the 2016-17 season, as the Wizards won 49 games and their division for the first time since the 1970s.

If he misses time, whether in the preseason or regular season, the Wizards will have to turn to backups Jason Smith and Mike Scott. Depending on the situation, it could call for more small-ball lineups with Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr. playing together at the forward positions.

The Washington Post first reported the news..

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tomas Satoranksy's role expand in his second year?

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Wizards 2017-18 roster outlook: Will Tomas Satoranksy's role expand in his second year?

As part of CSN's preview for the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we preview Tomas Satoransky's season...

Player: Tomas Satoransky

Position: Point guard/shooting guard

Age: 25

2016-17 stats: 57 G, 12.6 mpg, 2.7 ppg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 spg, 0.1 bpg, 41.5 FG%, 24.3 3P%, 69.7 FT%, 44.6 eFG%, 101 ORtg, 111 DRtg

2017-18 storyline: Four years after the Wizards picked Satoransky in the second round of the 2012 draft, he finally joined the team for his rookie NBA season in 2016-17. A lot had changed about the Wizards roster in that time, as Satoransky joined a playoff-ready team as their third point guard.

Satoransky's rookie season saw him play inconsistent minutes and not always at point guard, the position he is most comfortable with. That may end up being his full-time role once he carves his niche in the NBA, but for now versatility to play multiple positions appears to be the key for Satoransky to earn more playing time.

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Head coach Scott Brooks has spoken about it several times this offseason and so have members of the front office. They would like to see Satoransky, who is 6-foot-7 and very athletic, to get more comfortable playing shooting guard and small forward. Basically, he needs to be more valuable off the ball. Satoransky is used to being the primary ball-handler, but with John Wall on the roster those opportunities will be always few and far between. Now with Tim Frazier in store, Satoransky remains down the depth chart.

In order to fit into the plan Brooks and others have described, Satoransky will need to continue working on his outside shooting and help defense. He can still make an impact with his passing ability and speed up and down the court even if he isn't playing point guard. It will just take an adjustment from what Satoransky has long been used to. Once he gets more comfortable, Satoransky will be fun to watch. He's one of the Wizards' most athletic players, he just hasn't been able to fully show it in NBA games.

Potential to improve: Outside shooting, scoring efficiency, defensive versatility.

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Can John Wall take another step after earning All-NBA?

Is this the year Bradley Beal becomes an All-Star?

What is the next step in Otto Porter's development?

Markieff Morris can be an X-factor this season

Will Marcin Gortat's role change or be the same this year?

Will Kelly Oubre, Jr. make a big leap this season?

Can Ian Mahinmi make a bigger impact in his second season?

Will Tim Frazier be the solution at backup point guard?

Jodie Meeks could make big impact off bench

Mike Scott can add toughness to Wizards' bench

Jason Smith's improvement as a shooter should help Wizards bench

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