The NBA players will continue their stand against racial injustice as Thursday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors has been postponed, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Today's three playoff games will be postponed, source tells ESPN. Discussion underway on when teams will resume play. https://t.co/A2PazNKDhy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
The postponement comes in the form of a player-fueled protest due to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Wojnarowski said the Games 6s of the opening round series in the Western Conference of Jazz-Nuggets and Clippers-Mavericks, that were supposed to be played Thursday, too, will be postponed as well.
Wojnarowski also reported that the NBA’s players have decided to resume the playoffs after having a players meeting this morning in the Orlando bubble. Postseason play could start back up as soon as Friday, according to Wojnarowski, and at the least, games are expected to be played by this weekend.
The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/A2PazNKDhy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Our Keith Smith of the CelticsBlog gave more insight into when the Celtics-Raptors series is expected to begin. Smith said the opening game of the series will be played Sunday with the time of the contest to be determined.
What I'm hearing on the NBA schedule:— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 27, 2020
No games Thursday (today) or Friday (tomorrow).
Games will resume on Saturday with the games that were scheduled for Wednesday. Thursday's games will pick up on Sunday.
That means Boston/Toronto Game 1 will be played Sunday.
Wojnarowksi added that NBA players and owners are set to meet later on Thursday to discuss a plan of action going forward on social justice issues.