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The ploy came from Kenyon Martin, who asked that his teammates pull out their black suits for Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, a game the Knicks expected to win. So they did, complying with the request, but not quite following through with the win.
As J.R. Smith said, after the game, “We was going to a funeral, but looks like we got buried.”
Brandon Bass responded, before the game, with, “Really? They did that? Thank you.”
Perhaps it motivated the Celtics. It surely did not seem to motivate the Knicks, who dropped their second straight potential clincher to Boston, 92-86.
“I’m done with this black stuff,” Smith said.
Smith and Carmelo Anthony were just 11 for 38 from the floor.