After the altercation between John Wall and Jae Crowder, the Washington Wizards roster made the decision to wear all black clothing to their game last night against the Boston Celtics. John Wall said, “All black everything, a funeral.” Well, the Wizards won this game 123-108, which made me think of this: Should the Wizards wear the “funeral” clothes to every game that they play?
John Wall and Kief Morris arrive in all black for Wizards-Celtics. pic.twitter.com/LMEoRulMKA
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughesCSN) January 24, 2017
The great backcourt of Wall and Beal combined for 58 points, and Markieff Morris had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Wizards outscored the Celtics in every quarter but the 2nd, in which they were only outscored by 2. The Celtics never led in the game, while the Wizards’ biggest lead was 17. The Wizards also won the rebounding battle by 11 (35-24).
It’s possible that the all black clothing and funeral style may have gotten into the Celtics’ head. During the 4th quarter, Celtics guard Marcus Smart was throwing a fit on the bench. If the Wizards wore these outfits to every game, and called every game a funeral, would it mess with the opposing team? It sure looked like it got into the Celtics’ head during the whole game because they couldn’t even get a single lead. They wore these clothes because of their small rivalry with the Celtics, and the incident a few weeks ago with the slapping and poking.
If these clothes can put that intimidation factor into the minds of their opponents during every game, I say that the Wizards should do this. The all-black clothing should be for special occasions like games against their rivals, but since they won, it brings up a whole new thought. If the Wizards can continue their winning, I don’t think that they need these clothes. They have improved a lot from their slow start in the beginning of the season, and they look like they can fight in the playoffs. After this game, they’re 25-20, currently ranked 5th in the East. Time will tell if they wear these clothes for their final matchup against the Celtics on March 20th in Boston. This small and growing rivalry looks like the start of something exciting for the NBA, and I hope it grows and gets more of the spotlight on national TV and social media networks.
Frustrated Marcus Smart exchanges heated words w/ Celtics coaches as Wizards finish off The Funeral victory… pic.twitter.com/tu2u4cP5Yx
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 25, 2017
Welcome to your funeral, Boston. pic.twitter.com/H5tv7rUxci
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) January 24, 2017