The Boston Celtics should consider themselves lucky that their Game 6 loss came on a Friday.
Were tomorrow a weekday, we'd spend the entire next 24 hours howling about how Boston wore all black to a potential closeout game ... and lost. They even drew John Wall's ire following the defeat, for good measure.
What a ridiculous outcome. They dressed for a funeral and got buried. The only way this whole kerfuffle could become any more absurd is if the Celtics rocked that same aesthetic for Game 7 in Boston.
Which is exactly what they should do on Monday.
The Celtics are a team with one superstar (Isaiah Thomas), one borderline All-Star (Al Horford), and a bunch of talented and very scrappy role players. They're slightly less skilled than the Wizards from top to bottom.
They're at their best when they play with an edge, and wearing the all-black once more would prove you still have that Boston swagger.
Moreover, they need to show Game 6 is behind them. And the best way they can accomplish that is to repeat the risk they took on Friday.
Wearing the black is about sending a message — not just to the Wizards, but to yourselves: You're all on the same page, focused on taking care of business and moving on to face LeBron James in the conference finals. There are no distractions.
Game 7 should be the end of the line for the Wizards, if the Celtics can take care of business. They'll be at home in a series where the road team can't buy a win. So you might as well dress for the occasion.
Besides, if you lose, who really cares how people respond? Your season will be over. You can kick back on an island thousands of miles away from anyone in the media who will give you a hard time for embracing the entertainment aspect of professional sports.
Don't toy with us because you think it's funny (several Celtics reportedly laughed as Gerald Green and Avery Bradley denied there was any motivation to their attire). Own that nastiness with a snarl.
You are the Boston Celtics, right? You are the team that employs some of the, shall we say, chippier players in the NBA, aren't you?
So why shy away from who you are and what you're doing?
Here's hoping the Celtics wear black at home in Game 7 — and if we're really lucky, maybe the Wizards will, as well. Such an absurd situation would be perfectly fitting for this MMA-esque back-and-forth all-too-entertaining series.