Marcus Smart argues with Celtics coaches during embarrassing loss to Wizards
Jan 26, 2017, 00:31
The last meeting between the two teams, a 117-108 Boston victory on January 11 at the TD Garden, was marred by an on-court scuffle after the buzzer that continued in the hallway after both teams exited the parquet.
Tensions between the two clubs rose following the Celtics' victory over the Wizards earlier this month, when Jae Crowder and John Wall got into an on-court altercation. The Celtics point guard "wanted to go back in badly", head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the game, and it led to Smart getting into a heated exchange with assistant coaches Walter McCarty and Jerome Allen near the end of the game.
After this, Wall was fined $15,000 and Crowder was hit with a $25,000 fine.
When asked what the Wizards attire will be for the upcoming game, Wall, who went 4 for 21 and scored a season-low nine points in that 117-108 loss, said, "All black everything. Not talking to the opponent as much". The Wizards won nine of 11, including two straight on a back-to-back. That's one thing about where I say previous year guys didn't want to play us because we were impacting the ball, we were into guys and we were making it really hard on guys.
Washington's Otto Porter Jr. accused Boston of playing dirty after the last meeting.
"We feel like because we are scoring a little more we feel like we're just going to score the ball and we're going to outscore teams, and our defense has slipped from it", he said. We're not going to shy away from it.
New York Knicks players wore "funeral black" to a potential elimination game against the Celtics during the 2013 playoffs. Improved to 3-7 in the second game of back-to-back sets. Boston now sits third in the East, while the Wizards are fifth. Washington and Boston face each other for the fourth and final time on March 20.
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