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Friday, February 25, 2011
Isaiah Thomas on court-storming etiquette

By Diamond Leung

Unwritten rules on storming the court -- OK, written -- were violated on Sunday when Cal students celebrated in such a fashion following the team's overtime win against unranked UCLA. And in the Pac-10, it's going to be an issue later this week as well.

That's because Washington still can't get over the fact that Washington State students rushed the court after the Cougars won the Jan. 30 rivalry game.

A Huskies win on Sunday against Washington State would not result in a similar display, as guard Isaiah Thomas told The News Tribune that the fans would be able to restrain themselves.
"They will," he said. "Beating Wazzu, beating any team in the regular season unless it’s the No. 1 team in the country, I don't feel like you should storm the court. We've only stormed the court one time, and that was when we won the Pac-10 championship. I know they won't even think about storming the court if we win."

The issue came up in advance of the re-match because it really seemed to bother the Huskies when Washington State students touched off a wild celebration after the seven-point win.

Here's what Thomas had to say to the Seattle Times back then:
"It's January. We haven't done it. I guess it was a big win for them. Like I said, hats off to them. They played a great game, but I told my guys in the locker room just remember that. That's something to remember because you don't win championships in January. But they thought it was a big win and it was for them. It's a rival game. You can't blame them, but I think we would have did it real differently."