Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford convinced their Los Angeles Clippers' teammates to symbolically remove their warm-up jackets as they took the court and throw them at midcourt to prepare for the game in their shooting shirts put on inside out, according to sources.

The gesture was a silent protest for the racial comments attributed to Clippers' owner Donald Sterling.

The players haven't commented much on the controversy, allowing Doc Rivers to speak for the team.

The players also wore black wristbands on their left arms and black socks as part of the protest. Sterling did not attend the game, but his wife Shelly sat across from the bench wearing black.

The Clippers' players are considering making a bigger statement during Game 5. The source said the players needed time to decide what they wanted to do and preferred doing something bigger on their home floor.