Not only did the Bulls lose Game 5 Wednesday to the Celtics in Boston, but after the loss they couldn't even find comfort in a warm shower.
Wade just informed teammates there's no hot water for showers in visiting locker room.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 27, 2017
Home teams are known to mess with their opponents by making their locker room not as comfortable, but no hot water? That's cold. Literally.
There were no complaints from Chicago players after the first two games, so it's highly possible this was just an accident with the arena. But some are speculating that this was intentional, and their proof is an old tale regarding former Celtics coach Red Auerbach.
Via the New York Times in 1990:
Visiting coaches and players still reminisce about the early years of the National Basketball Association, when Red Auerbach put the teams into dressing rooms that lacked hot water in the showers and had either too much heat or none at all. Auerbach used this as a pyschological ploy.
There's also a passage in the book "Tales from the Detroit Pistons" that makes the same claim:
"We had some tough series with the Celtics. We'd be in a hotel in Boston and they'd turn the hot water off in our hotel rooms ... In the summer the Boston Garden would be burning up in our locker room and they'd turn the heat on. We didn't have any hot water to shower with after games."
So, is it the ghost of Auerbach still pulling tricks, a deliberate tactic to mess with the Bulls or just a simple accident?
UPDATE: The Wizards' Brandon Jennings didn't seem surprised by the hot water report, and claims the Celtics "do that."
That sounds bout right. They do that https://t.co/kpD5Ipgc15— Brandon Jennings (@brandonjennings) April 27, 2017